BBC Sky at Night

BBC Sky at Night September 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...

Miguel Claro Astrophotographer Let Miguel be your tour guide on a trip around the beautiful dark sky sites of his homeland, Portugal. Page 72 Lucie Green Solar physicist Lucie is looking forward to the imminent launch of Solar Orbiter, a sun-seeking ship she helped to design. Page 19 Chris Lintott Sky at Night presenter This month a new way of measuring the mass of distant stars using a technique called microlensing has caught Chris’s eye. Page 13 Jasmin Fox-Skelly Science writer With the NASA Dawn mission about to run out of fuel, Jasmin assesses what it’s revealed for us about Vega and Ceres. Page 31…

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Putting together the great, free mini mag that you’ll find in this issue got us really excited about the start of the new observing season. With more time to spend under the stars as the nights lengthen, our mini mag looks ahead to the best times to see everything that we love: planets, galaxies, clusters, nebulae, the Moon and much more. You’ll also find tips on getting your scope dark-sky ready, and all the star parties and dark sky places in the UK. With the nights lengthening, it’s also a good time for us amateur astronomers to consider an observing getaway. We have an expert view of some of the darkest areas in that favourite destination for a summer holiday, Portugal, written by one of the country’s top astrophotographers, Miguel Claro.…

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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 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 eNEWSLETTER Subscribe for the best targets to observe each week, delivered to your inbox: bit.ly/sky-enews…

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september’s bonus content

HOW TO FIND IT Visit www.skyatnightmagazine.com/bonuscontent, select September’s bonus content from the list and enter the authorisation code DQVYG4T when prompted September highlights Watch The Sky at Night In a remote part of western Australia lies the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, which earlier this year gave astronomers a glimpse of the cosmic dawn: the moment starlight first flooded the Universe. Chris travels to the Australian outback to visit this remarkable site and find out how radio astronomy is changing the way we view the cosmos. Build a model of the Sun, Moon and Earth Download extra images and diagrams to help with this month’s How To… build a tellurion project on page 81. Interview: the tale of Jupiter’s new moons Scott Sheppard reveals how he and his planet-hunting colleagues found a dozen unknown Jovian satellites. Marking 100 years of Holst’s…

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the circle of star life

VERY LARGE TELESCOPE, 11 JULY 2018 Newborn stars illuminate surrounding cosmic gas, causing it to glow bright blue in this image taken of star cluster RCW 38. We are able to view incredible celestial scenes such as this because of the infrared capabilities of modern telescopes, which can see through dark dusty clouds and reveal the secrets of the Universe. Nicely contrasting the blue stellar nursery is a dark, rust-coloured region of cooler clouds, stretching across the middle of the image. The dust and gas may eventually coalesce and collapse under its own gravity to form new stars and perhaps even new planetary systems. This process may also be triggered by the radiation emitted by massive stars or the powerful energy released by exploded stars – called supernovae – as they approach…