BBC Sky at Night

BBC Sky at Night August 2018

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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this month’s contributors include...

Will Gater Astronomy author It’s always good to get advice from experts, and Will’s been encouraging them to give up their astro secrets. Page 64 Elizabeth Pearson News editor Elizabeth learns that there are lots of ways to be more proactive when viewing meteor showers like the Perseids. Page 34 Niamh Shaw Space writer Niamh has spent time in a Mars sim habitat so who better to write about the Martian analogue missions taking place globally? Page 70 Andrew Steele Astrobiologist As part of the team that recently discovered Martian organisms, Andrew has a new approach to finding life on Mars. Page 19…

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This month on its orbit round the Sun, Earth passes through the trail of debris left in space by comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. As the tiny grains of dust in the 26km-diameter comet’s trail strike the molecules in our atmosphere, they create white hot streaks of light that make up the Perseid meteor shower. This year’s event promises to be especially good as it coincides with a new Moon: the absence of bright lunar light will make the shooting stars particularly visible. With full observing details on page 50 and a detailed walkthrough of photographing the shower on page 62, make this the year you set a record for most meteors observed. It’s not only visual observations that you can do. On page 34 you’ll also find Elizabeth Pearson’s complete guide to the…

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skyatnight 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 Listen to 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 TWITTER Follow @skyatnightmag to keep up with the latest space stories and tell us what you think…

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august’s bonus content

HOW TO FIND IT Visit www.skyatnightmagazine.com/bonuscontent, select August’s bonus content from the list and enter the authorisation code NTTQDJG when prompted August highlights Watch The Sky at Night NASA has announced an extension to the Juno mission around Jupiter, meaning the spacecraft will have even more time to uncover the secrets of this iconic gas giant. In this episode, Maggie finds out some of Juno’s greatest discoveries so far, while Pete Lawrence reveals how amateur astronomers can play a role in the study of Jupiter. How to make a double star eyepiece Access plans, diagrams and additional images to help with this month’s How To project on page 80. What’s next for New Horizons? The spacecraft has awoken after months in hibernation. Project scientist Hal Weaver discusses its upcoming flyby. Audiobook sneak previews Download excerpts from new audiobooks on planetary…

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web of stardust

VERY LARGE TELESCOPE SURVEY TELESCOPE, 30 MAY 2018 Nebulae are some of the most chaotic, dynamic and beautiful objects we know of in the Universe. These glowing clouds of cosmic dust and gas are illuminated by the light of hot stars and, like meteorological clouds on Earth, often form familiar-looking shapes. This is NGC 2070, otherwise known as the Tarantula Nebula, pictured in the most crisp image of it that’s ever been taken. The nebula was discovered in the 18th century and was later given its nickname due to the bright patches of nebulosity that some observers think make it look like a large spider. This beautiful object spans over 1,000 lightyears and is found in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighbouring galaxy of the Milky Way. The nebula is certainly an eventful…