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BBC Sky at Night October 2020

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:
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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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2 min.
welcome

At long last, one of the best oppositions of Mars in recent times is upon us. The Red Planet, on which so much scientific interest is focused (see pages 16 and 98), is riding high in October’s sky and is at its brightest and best for observation. On page 36, you’ll find Pete Lawrence’s week-by-week guide to the surface features that are best presented through a telescope, so you can make the most of this opportunity; Mars won’t be this bright or well placed again until 2033. This month and for many to come, the planet will be a striking sight to the naked eye too, and you’ll find locator charts, both wide- and narrow-field, in ‘The Sky Guide’ on page 43 to help you pinpoint the salmon-pink object as it…

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

Television Find out what The Sky at Night team have been exploring in recent and past episodes on page 18 Online Visit our website for competitions, astrophoto galleries, observing guides and more Social media Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for space news, astro images and website updates Podcasts Listen to our Radio Astronomy podcasts where the magazine team and guests discuss astro news Tablet/phone Get each month’s issue on your Apple or Android device, now with bonus image galleries eNewsletter The best targets to observe each week, delivered to your inbox. Visit bit.ly/skynewsletter Find out more at: www.skyatnightmagazine.com…

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this month’s contributors

Lewis Dartnell Astrobiologist “I found it fascinating to research this month’s ‘Cutting Edge’ - a topic that bridges Mars’s past climate and landing a human mission there!” Lewis finds out about the winds of Mars, page 16 Paul Money Reviews editor “I enjoy seeing M31 climbing higher into view in autumn - it’s always a pleasure to explore our galactic neighbourhood from the back garden”. Paul guides us around the Local Group of galaxies, page 60 Dani Robertson Dark sky officer “The dark skies of Wales are a precious resource, so I’m proud to be involved in a campaign to protect the quality of our night skies for generations to come.” Dani highlights the threat of light pollution. page 25…

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extra content online

OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS Interview: stratosphere observatory NASA’s Jose Siles on the 2.5m telescope attached to a helium balloon that will study galactic star formation. Watch August’s The Sky at Night The team look back over 50 years of the BBC’s Mars coverage and explore our fascination with the Red Planet. Audiobook preview: Astronomical Listen to two chapters from a new audiobook revealing some of most the incredible discoveries made in astronomy. The Virtual Planetarium Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel guide us through the best sights to see in the night sky this month.…

3 min.
eye on the sky when neowise dropped by

“As soon as we saw how close it would come to the Sun, we had hopes that it would put on a good show,” said Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE principal investigator at the University of Arizona. And indeed it did. First spotted by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-held Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission on 27 March, the icy visitor Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE survived the roasting of its close journey past our Sun to put on a stunning show. Through much of July we were wowed by nightly views of it streaking across from Capella to below the Plough, its twin tails stretching for millions of kilometres behind it. Glowing as bright as mag. -2 at its peak, it was seen easily with the naked eye, but was an unalloyed joy when seen with binoculars…