BBC Sky at Night December 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...

Nicholas Joannou Equipment expert Eyepieces may not look as impressive as scopes but Nicholas explains why they are just as vital for observing. Page 80 Deirdre Kelleghan Astronomy educator Contributing to our new regular column, Field of View, Deirdre extols the use of art to teach astronomy. Page 23 Stuart McIntyre Astrophotographer Stuart loves capturing the entire night sky in a 360° panoroma, and this issue he explains the entire process. Pages 38 & 84 Elizabeth Pearson News editor Elizabeth takes time out from writing astro news to recount the events of the first humans who orbited the Moon. Page 102…

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This month the Geminid meteor shower makes a return to our night skies. It’s a particularly good year to observe them as the crescent Moon cooperates by setting before 10pm, so there’ll be a nice, dark sky against which even faint meteor trains should stand out. There are full observing details in the Sky Guide on page 53, and the lowdown on recording your meteor observations for the scientific record on page 82. It’s worth noting that next year’s display will feature a gibbous Moon in Gemini itself, so make the most of this year! But as you’ll find out in our feature on page 32 about 2019’s observing highlights, there’s much more to look forward to in the night sky over the next 12 months. This issue we also have…

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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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december’s bonus content

HOW TO FIND IT Visit www.skyatnightmagazine.com/bonuscontent, select December’s Bonus Content from the list and enter the authorisation code BJ97HYS when prompted December highlights Watch The Sky at Night British astronaut Tim Peake joins The Sky at Night team as a guest presenter in an episode that looks at the history of British spaceflight and the current plans to build the UK’s first space port on the A’Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland, Scotland. Also, Pete Lawrence reveals how to catch the flare of an Iridium satellite in the night sky. A guide to Sagan’s Christmas Lecture Listen to a chapter from 13 Journeys Through Space and Time about Carl Sagan’s 1977 Royal Institution talk. Moons beyond the Solar System? Watch our interview with Prof David Kipping, part of a team that may have just discovered the first known exomoon. Download and…

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behemoth of the young universe

VERY LARGE TELESCOPE, 17 OCTOBER 2018 Because light takes time to travel across space, astronomers can effectively look back in time by observing ever deeper into the cosmos to see objects as they existed in the Universe’s infancy. Hyperion – the object seen here – appears as it did about 12 billion years ago, two billion years after the Big Bang. This object is known as a galaxy protosupercluster and is the largest and most massive structure ever observed so distant and early in the history of the Universe. It consists of galaxies held together in a cluster, forming an object whose mass is equal to over one million billion times that of our Sun. It is thought that Hyperion will eventually evolve into something like the Virgo Supercluster in which our own…