April 2010

- The Deadly Supernova – we study the real risks to Earth from exploding stars, asteroids and alien microbes

- SETI: 50 years of silence – Will we ever hear from intelligent aliens – an article looking at the past, present and future of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence

- Your chance to WIN(!) a Celestron CPC 800 GPS (XLT) Go-To telescope PLUS a full suite of accessories worth £1,847 (See page 23 of the magazine)

- Patrick Moore assesses how far we’ve come in trying to answer the biggest of questions: SETI.

- Beginners’ guide to…keeping an observing log.

- An Apollo 13 special on the coverdisc, with over an hour’s worth of Apollo 13 footage including a special 40 minute programme of live BBC splashdown coverage from 1970.

- We look at a Site of Special Interest in a feature about the United States Naval Observatory

- Also on the coverdisc are the virtual planetarium, astro imaging software downloads, declassified Apollo 13 rescue reports from NASA, and a buyer’s guide to the best astronomical gear we’ve reviewed and much more!

- Guides covering how to capture an image of Mars buzzing the Beehive Cluster, sketch M81 & M82 and observe the lunar sea Mare Marginis.

- The world’s biggest and best skyguide to the what you can see in the night skies in April including the Deep-Sky Tour of faint fuzzies in ‘The Realm of Galaxies’.

- The monthly Bulletin pages which bring you up to date on all the latest astronomical news.

- Easter days out – We give you a comprehensive guide to family attractions with an astronomical twist over the school holiday.

- Putting the Sun under surveillance – we report on the Solar Dynamics Observatory and what it’s set to uncover about our nearest star

- Reviews: we review the Telescope Drive Master in First Light and three achromatic refractors in our Group Test.

- Inbox: your letters, tweets, forum posts and readers’ scopes

- How to…look for transient lunar phenomena

- Gear – Vincent Whiteman rounds up the latest astronomical accessories

- What’s On listings – find out what astronomy events are on near you (also with astronomy related TV listings.)

- Space missions update – Piers Bizony reports on the latest manned space activity

- Hotshots: this month's pick of your very best astrophotos

- Beautiful new images from space in Eye on the Sky

- The latest astronomy books reviewed

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