BBC Sky at Night Magazine virtual lectures

We will be hosting a regular programme of virtual lectures with fascinating speakers that will take place online and be available to view globally. Find out more about our schedule below and scroll to the bottom for more future events.

My lockdown project: learning astrophotography 

Dara O Briain astrophotography lecture BBC Sky at Night Magazine

Speaker Dara Ó Briain

Date Thursday 25 March 2021, 7pm GMT

Somewhere in this past year of lockdowns, comedian Dara Ó Briain decided to capture the cosmos for himself, attached a camera to his telescope and began photographing the night sky.

Join the host of Mock the Week as he talks to BBC Sky at Night Magazine Editor Chris Bramley about his new hobby, and shares his experiences of being a beginner at the start of the steep astrophotography learning curve.

They’ll take a light-hearted look at some of the frustrations that come with taking pictures in the dark, top tips for how not make your telescope an instant health hazard, getting to grips with image processing and those occasional times when faint photons of starlight stay in focus and make it into a finished photo.

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Upcoming BBC Sky at Night Magazine virtual lectures

Yuri Gagarin: the untold story of the first human in space

Credit: Sally George

Speaker Stephen Walker

DateFriday 23 April 2021, 7pm GMT

On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin, a 27-year-old Russian ex-foundry worker, climbed inside a tiny spherical capsule and blasted into the skies on top of the Soviet Union’s most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile.

Eleven minutes later he was in orbit, the first human ever to leave the planet, circling the globe 10 times faster than a rifle bullet.

Join Stephen Walker, documentary director and author of Beyond, an exhilarating new book on this dramatic chapter of the Space Race, as he tells the gripping tale of the race to put the first person in space on its 60th anniversary.

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