BBC Sky at Night

BBC Sky at Night January 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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this month’s contributors include...

Terena Bell Science journalist Terena has been investigating the extent to which NASA is now relying on artificial intelligence to run its missions. Page 44 Will Gater Astronomy author Space agencies around the globe have some major missions planned for 2019 – Will gives you the rundown. Page 32 Phyllis Lang Astro software developer Phyllis has long had a fascination with green stars, and this issue she shares her tips on spotting them with you. Page 38 Gary Palmer Astrophotographer Few people know CMOS cameras like Gary, who has some expert advice to share on using them for deep-sky imaging. Page 73…

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The New Year couldn’t start much better for amateur astronomers, with an eagerly anticipated total lunar eclipse occurring on the morning of 21 January. Watching the full Moon turn from bright silver to deep grey to rich red is a captivating spectacle, and it will be fascinating to assess and record the shade of the Moon during totality since every eclipse is different. The entire event will be visible from the whole of the UK; make sure you don’t miss it by noting the timings on page 52, and turn to page 64 for our expert guide on how to get great photos of the event. There’s a chance to experience colour of another kind with our feature on page 38, where you’ll find a guide to the most green-tinged stars…

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how to contact us

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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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january’s bonus content

HOW TO FIND IT Visit www.skyatnightmagazine.com/bonuscontent, select January’s Bonus Content from the list and enter the authorisation code EZEHWAX when prompted January highlights How Kepler changed the Universe NASA’s Kepler space telescope has completely revolutionised our view of the cosmos. The orbiting observatory spent almost a decade looking for planets around stars beyond the Solar System, but has now run out of fuel. Watch our interview with NASA Kepler scientist Geert Barentsen, who reveals some of the amazing discoveries made by the mission. A guide to the constellations Download PDF pages from Seeing Stars, a new book for young astronomers on the mythology of the night sky. Watch The Sky at Night : BepiColombo Maggie and Chris explore the science behind a new European mission to study the planet Mercury up close. Download and listen: astro audiobooks Hear the opening…

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remains to be seen

HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE, 26 NOVEMBER 2018 Massive stars rarely go gentle into that good night: the biggest stellar objects end their lives in gigantic, violent explosions known as supernovae. Astronomical records from millennia ago suggest they have been seen before in our skies – appearing as temporary, yet very bright objects – but none has been recorded since the invention of powerful telescopes. It is, after all, difficult to predict when one will occur. Instead, astronomers observe supernova remnants: the smoking guns left after a massive star has exploded. The tangled, red filaments seen here are a supernova remnant named SNR 0454-67.2 located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is a dwarf galaxy close to our own Milky Way. Once a massive ball of nuclear fusion, these red twists of cosmic dust…