BBC Sky at Night

BBC Sky at Night December 2020

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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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As we look back on 2020 many will be reflecting on the historic nature of current events this year. There’s one still to come, however, which will make astronomical history. On 21 December Jupiter and Saturn appear closer together than at any time in almost 400 years, and at first glance the Great Conjunction will look like a single bright star to the naked eye. Although low to the horizon, it’s undoubtedly worth seeking out this ‘Christmas Star’. Discover its historic precedent with Neil Norman on page 28, and find observing notes with Pete Lawrence on page 47. For astrophotographers amongst us, keen to capture Jupiter and Saturn in a single frame, there’s a detailed guide to imaging the spectacle on page 76; and Jane Green takes a look at the…

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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

Jane Green Astronomy writer “Astronomy has inspired writers, poets and thinkers for centuries. It’s been fascinating looking into Great Conjunctions in literature ahead of this month’s spectacle.” Jane traces the literary mentions of Great Conjunctions, page 25 Neil Norman Planetary observer “I’m looking forward to the Great Conjunction on 21 December and came to realise its historic significance while writing my feature.” Neil compares Great Conjunctions over three centuries, page 28 Emily Winterburn Physicist and historian “I really enjoyed writing about Mary Somerville because she is such an inspiration. She was often told science wasn’t for her, but she did it anyway.” Emily looks at the life of science writer Mary Somerville, page 40…

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extra content online

Visit www.skyatnightmagazine.com/bonus-content/UTVK4QE/ to access this month’s selection of exclusive Bonus Content DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS Interview: the biological Universe We speak to biologist Wallace Arthur about why he believes life could be thriving throughout the Universe. The Sky at Night: Beyond the Visible The team visit Jodrell Bank to find out more about astronomy that goes beyond what can be seen with the human eye. Audiobook preview: Tim Peake’s Limitless Download and listen to two chapters from the British astronaut’s brand new autobiography, narrated by Tim himself. The Virtual Planetarium Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel guide us through the best sights to see in the night sky this month.…

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go with the flow

HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE, 23 OCTOBER 2020 Flying together at huge speeds, locked into a relationship that may eventually see them merge, these galaxies captured by the Hubble Space Telescope are NGC 2799 (left) and NGC 2798 (right), in the constellation of Lynx. Already the left galaxy is distorting under the other’s influence, its stars appearing to peel away and fall into the centre of NGC 2798’s spiral. But don’t hold your breath for a calamitous head-on collision – the process will last millions of years, perhaps even a billion. What’s more, although galactic collisions may suggest chaos and destruction, the distances between each galaxy’s components are so immense that they are more likely to pass through each other with little connection. Our own Milky Way is also on course for a similar…