General Guides

Telescopes aren't the only option for observing astronomical objects.

Telescopes aren't the only option for observing astronomical objects.

Get to grips with the practicalities of observing our lunar companion

The basics of lunar observing: get to grips with the practicalities of observing our close companion.

Use a tried and tested technique to navigate the celestial sphere

Stuck trying to find stars? Star-hopping is a tried and tested technique that will help you to navigate the sky.

We explore what the Universe’s most sudden and violent events can tell us

What is a supernova? We explore what the Universe’s most sudden – and violent – events can tell us.

Which catalogue is suitable for your observations?

Same stars, different designations – what astronomy catalogue is right for your observations?

A guide to Phobos and Deimos

Often overlooked, the moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, are as enigmatic as any other.

A guide to the extreme elements found on the planets

You’d need more than a coat to brave the elements on other planets.

The least predictable Solar System visitors can be one of its highlights

Comets, the least predictable Solar System visitors, can be one of its great highlights.

Batteries not included! Get to grips with a classic stargazing device

Even in the digital age, the planisphere is an invaluable aid to getting your bearings in the night sky.

Why our Moon only shows us one face, yet appears different each night

Why our Moon only ever shows us one face, yet appears different night after night.

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