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BBC Sky at Night February 2019

Sky at Night magazine is your practical guide to astronomy. Each issue features the world’s biggest and best night sky guide complete with star charts, observing tutorials and in-depth equipment reviews to ensure that amateur astronomers never miss those must-see events.

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Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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1 min.
this month’s contributors

Jamie Carter Amateur astronomer 0DNH WKLV WKH \HDU \RX JR ›››››› WR D VWDU SDUW\ DPLH WHOOV ›› › ››- › › us all about the astronomy JHW›WRJHWKHUV›RQ›SDJH››› Laura Nuttall Astrophysicist /DXUD GLVFXVVHV WKH WUHDW › ›› › WKDW›LV›6WHSKHQ›+DZNLQJsV› ODVW›ERRN››DVNLQJ›DOO›WKH›ELJ› TXHVWLRQV››RQ›SDJH››› Pete Lawrence Astrophotographer 3HWH›H[SODLQV›KRZ›WR›KHOS› VSDFH›VFLHQFH›DQG›WDNH› \RXU GHHS VN\ LPDJHV WR ››› ›› WKH›QH[W›OHYHO›RQ›SDJH››› Mark Parrish Astronomy DIY expert 0DUN VKRZV \RX KRZ WR › ›››› PDNH›\RXU›RZQ›LOOXPLQDWHG› SDG›IRU›QLJKW›WLPH› VNHWFKLQJ›RQ›SDJH›››…

1 min.
welcome

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sky at night – lots of ways to enjoy the night sky…

Television Find out what The Sky at Night team will be exploring in this month’s episode on page 17 Online Visit our website for reviews,competitions, astrophotos, observing guides and our forum Facebook All the details of our latest issue, plus news from the magazine and updates to our website Podcast The BBC Sky at Night Magazine team and guests discuss the latest astro news iPhone/iPad Get each month’s issue on your iPad or iPhone, now with bonus image galleries eNewsletter The best targets to observe each week, delivered direct to your inbox: bit.ly/sky-enews…

1 min.
extra content online

Visit www.skyatnightmagazine.com/bonuscontent, select February’s Bonus Content from the list and enter the authorisation code GQQJSTK when prompted February highlights Video interview: New Horizons On New Year’s Day, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft ›HZ›E\›8OWLPD›7KXOH››D›.XLSHU›%HOW›REMHFW›RQ›WKH›HGJH› RI›WKH›6RODU›6\VWHP››7KLV›PRQWK›ZH›VSRNH›WR›'U› &DUH\›/LVVH›RI›WKH›1HZ›+RUL]RQV›6FLHQFH›7HDP›WR›JHW› WKH›ODWHVW›IURP›WKH›IDUWKHVW››\E\›HYHU›XQGHUWDNHQ› Watch The Sky at Night: The Flying Telescope &KULV›/LQWRWW›ERDUGV›D› %RHLQJ›››››WR›OHDUQ›DERXW› 1$6$sV›DLUERUQH›62),$›› REVHUYDWRU\›DQG›LWV››››P› UH›HFWLQJ›WHOHVFRSH›› Download and listen: Hawking’s final book Brief Answers to the Big Questions›LV›6WHSKHQ› +DZNLQJsV››QDO›ZRUN›› 'RZQORDG›DQ›H[FHUSW› IURP WKH DXGLR ERRN ›› › › +RWVKRWV›JDOOHU\››H[WUD›(402'››OHV›› binocular tour, observing forms, deep-sky tour chart, desktop wallpapers… and much more PLUS: Every month The virtual planetarium )HEUXDU\sV›QLJKW›VN\› KLJKOLJKWV›ZLWK›3DXO›$EHO› DQG›3HWH›/DZUHQFH…

2 min.
first light for a new era

SPECULOOS, 5 DECEMBER 2018 The search for exoplanets is entering a new era, with the upcoming launches of the James Webb Space Telescope and the European CHEOPS mission joining the TESS satellite already in operation. SPECULOOS (Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars) is a new ground-based project consisting of four one-metre telescopes located at the famous Paranal Observatory in Chile. The scopes will search for Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting ultra-cool VWDUV›DQG›EURZQ›GZDUIV››EXW›WKHVH›S›UVW› light’ images were released ahead of VFLHQWL›F›RSHUDWLRQV›WR›VKRZ›ZKDW›WKH› instruments are capable of. They show familiar objects like the heart of the Carina Nebula (above), the Horsehead Nebula (right, top) and the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy (right, bottom). Now SPECULOOS will begin its search for Earth-like exoplanets orbiting in the ‘habitable zones’ around their host stars. If there is a planet similar to our own…

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new year flyby for new horizons

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