December 2010

- A planet like Earth?…the full story of astronomy’s most controversial new find and the search for other solar systems.
- Patrick Moore explains how props have been used on The Sky at Night to describe difficult concepts.
- Discoveries of 2010, we look back at the past year’s most noteworthy news stories.
- Reviews: we review the Orion Sky Quest XT10g Go-To Dobsonian in First Light and four laser collimators in our Group Test AND test 6 astronomy apps in Group Test Extra.
- Gifts for Christmas – a packed 5 page gift guide to find a special astronomical present for the astronomer in your life
- Beginners’ guide to…your first five sights
-  Watch an episode of The Sky at Night, print out our deep sky tour chart, read get started guides, get a behind the scenes look at NASA’s suit-up room, watch astronomy videos and view your Hotshots pictures on the coverdisc.

- We show you how to set-up and use a Go-To mount

- An article on NASA’s daring mission to plunge a probe into the Sun’s scorching corona
- The Star of Bethlehem – a look at the possible astronomical explanations for the star that lit the way for the Three Kings.  

- Guides covering how to capture an image of the December lunar eclipse, sketch The Pleiades and observe the lunar mountain range Montes Recti
- The world’s biggest and best skyguide to the what you can see in the night skies in December including the Deep-Sky Tour of faint fuzzies in the December skies.
- The Supermassive Christmas Crossword!

- The monthly Bulletin pages which bring you up to date on all the latest astronomical news as well as Cutting Edge analysis articles which highlight brand new research. 
- Our Scope Doctor answers your technical kit questions.
- Interactive: your letters, tweets, forum posts and readers’ scopes
- 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 radio listings.)

- 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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