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An imaging revolution

With our tempermental UK weather, large pieces of kit that take time to set up can cause problems for astronomers, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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"Ideal for group observing, public outreach" - the Revolution Imager R2.
Credit: www.thesecretstudio.net


There is a revolution coming: the Revolution Imager R2 no less!

In our December issue Peter Jenkins takes a look at a piece of kit that gives you live views of the cosmos on a screen.

Film review: Mission Control

New documentary looks at the unsung heroes of the Apollo missions

A new documentary looks at the unsung heroes of Apollo: the mathematicians and engineers who worked at Mission Control to bring their comrades safely back to Earth.

The enigmatic presence of flight director Gene Kranz (right) in Mission Control was important in steering the Apollo missions to success. 

Film review: Operation Avalanche

Cold War-comedy addresses the world's biggest conspiracy theory

Iain Todd reviews Operation Avalanche, a Cold War comedy about a pair of CIA agents who find themselves faking the Apollo Moon landing.

The trailer for Operation Avalanche, a new comedy that imagines the Apollo Moon landing was faked

The conspiracy that NASA faked the Moon landings is as old as the Apollo programme itself.

It seems few cosmic expeditions, even in the current age, are immune to the cynicism of naysayers seeking to burst the bubble of the world’s space agencies and their uncanny ability to achieve the impossible.

Review: An Evening with Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield brings his Unique Lives spoken word tour to the UK and Ireland, performing a one-man show that takes its audience on a journey of inspiration and the possibilities life can bring. BBC Sky at Night Magazine visited Bristol's Hippodrome theatre to see the Canadian astronaut kick off his new tour.

Hadfield recounts his early beginnings and the science fiction stories of his youth that would eventually become science fact.

Hadfield’s story is one of ambition and success, as the man who became the first Canadian to spacewalk and captain the International Space Station. Yet despite this, his attitude to his own incredible achievements is ultimately humility, with plenty of praise for those who helped make his dreams come true.

HowTheLightGetsIn 2016: our top picks

Celebrating the current hot topics in science, art, ethics, language and technology, the HowTheLightGetsIn festival returns to Hay-on-Wye in Hereford for a week of music, food, philosophy and big ideas.

This year's HowTheLightGetsIn festival takes place 26 May to 5 June in the literary town of Hay, and we have scoured the 2016 programme to find out what's in store for those interested in all things cosmic.

The entire programme is available to view at the festival’s website, but take a look below at our personal highlights for 2016.

Pictures from space

ESA's Paolo Nespoli reveals what makes ISS astronauts reach for the camera

ESA's Paolo Nespoli reveals what it is about the view of Earth from the International Space Station that makes astronauts reach for the camera.

Film review: The Last Man On The Moon

Gene Cernan's final visit to the lunar surface explored in new documentary film

Iain Todd reviews The Last Man On The Moon; a film about Eugene Cernan's final journey to the lunar surface.

Trailer for Mark Craig's The Last Man On The Moon, out in UK cinemas on 8 April

On 19 December 1972, NASA’s Apollo 17 mission returned to Earth at the climax of a 12-day journey to the Moon. Its touchdown on back on terra firma marked the end of the Apollo campaign, and humanity’s final journey to the lunar surface, for the time being at least.

An Hour On The Moon

British scientist Colin Pillinger remembered at inaugural lunar lecture

Yesterday evening the Great Hall in the Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, was packed as a full house gathered for the inaugural Colin Pillinger Memorial Talk, entitled ‘An Hour On The Moon’.

Lunar scientist Dr James Carpenter reveals ESA's vision for future travel to and exploration of the Moon at the first Colin Pillinger Memorial Lecture.
Credit: Philippa Walker/University of Bristol

Yesterday evening the Great Hall in the Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, was packed as a full house gathered for the inaugural Colin Pillinger Memorial Talk, entitled ‘An Hour On The Moon’.

Film review: Star Men

Four of the world's greatest astronomers relive the road trip of a lifetime

Director Alison Rose explores the micro and the macro in a documentary about life, death, friendship, and reconciling these with the enormity of the cosmos.

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