Events

The latest astronomy events from around the country.

News
The planet now has 79 moons, the most of any planet in the Solar System
A dozen moons have been found in orbit around Jupiter, bringing the planet's total to 79 - the...
Our guide to the year's best displays, and how to make the most of them
Perseids, Geminids, Lyrids: with as many as 100 shooting stars an hour during the best meteor...
Juno data points to a mysterious 'hot spot' on the Jovian satellite
Another volcano may have been discovered on Jupiter's moon Io, according to data from NASA'...
Investment in UK space sector will see Britain put satellites in Earth orbit
Investment in the UK space sector will see rockets lifting off from Great Britain in the coming...
What NASA's Dawn mission has revealed about the dwarf planet
Ceres Woolley Maisch explores the mysteries of her namesake dwarf planet, and what NASA's Dawn...
A history of collisions and impacts makes up the story of our cosmic home
Elizabeth Pearson investigates how the Solar System was transformed 3.9 billion years ago
How a European mission will explore the first planet from the Sun
October 2018 sees the launch of a European mission to the innermost world in our Solar System....
The particles could help solve  century old questions about cosmic rays
A burst of cosmic neutrinos originated in a flaring blazar. The discovery could help solve the...
Ancient formations provide clues about the history of the Red Planet
The remnants of sand dunes have been found on Mars: features that formed about 2 billion years ago...
Space rock recovered among wild lions and elephants
An asteroid fragment that was witnessed exploding over the Botswana’s Central Game Reserve...
Columnists

Here’s where you’ll find articles by our columnists including Sir Patrick Moore, Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Keith Hopcroft.

A survey of solar eclipses, written for readers of all levels

How amateur astonomers have contributed to astronomy

The history of Moonwatch – the satellite-tracking programme

Equipment Review

Browse through our ever-growing archive of telescope and equipment reviews from the magazine.

Vixen Polarie Star Tracker mount
Magazine verdict: 4.5/5
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Blogs
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:07pm

A good tripod is not to be taken for granted, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:32am

What do astronomers observe during the summer months? Many take advantage of the longer days to get kit in order for the coming season. But, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money, this could mean missing out on some summer sky delights.

Mon May 14, 2018 11:32am

What do astronomers observe during the summer months? Many take advantage of the longer days to get kit in order for the coming season. But, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money, this could mean missing out on some summer sky delights.

Poll

What's your favourite type of telescope to observe with?

As an astronomer you're spoilt for choice when it comes to making a descision on what kind of telescope to observe with. But which type gives you the most pleasure?

 

Astronomy for Beginners

Here’s where you’ll find observing guides, how-to articles and great astronomy hints and tips. Don’t forget to also check out our comprehensive astronomy dictionary.

Beginner's guide to equatorial mounts - Pt 1
General Guide

Putting your telescope on an equatorial mount allows you to follow stars as they (appear to) move across the night sky.

For newcomers to astronomy, setting up an EQ mount may seem a daunting task. BBC Sky at Night Magazine shows you how.

By Anton Vamplew.

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General Guide

If you’re a newcomer to astronomy, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll have you marvelling at the Universe in no time.

Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine in print or digital for up to date advice and guides to practical astronomy, and reviews of the latest kit.

 

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