BBC Sky at Night

BBC Sky at Night February 2021

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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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We look ahead to a year of stargazing opportunities! The New Year may not have started the way we’d have wanted, but there is a spark of solace: the promise of long, dark nights ahead under the cosmos, observing the silent celestial sphere. For me, stargazing provides a lift from the labours of day-to-day life, and a reminder that the natural world – in its grandest of forms – keeps on going. There is lots to look forward to in the night sky in 2021, and on page 28 Jamie Carter guides us through the top stargazing events to look out for over the next 12 months. Expect stunning conjunctions, the return of familiar favourites and eclipses both lunar and solar ahead! The science of astronomy continues too, and in February we see…

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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/sky news letter Find out more at: www.skyatnightmagazine.com…

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this month’s contributors

Jamie Carter Astronomy journalist “2021 will bring Venus as an ‘Evening Star’ and a perfectly timed Perseid meteor shower, but it’s the partial solar eclipse on 10 June that most excites me!” Jamie looks at 2021 ‘s stargazing highlights, page 28 Shaoni Bhattacharya Science journalist “Hearing about Jupiter’s ‘glow-in-the-dark’ moon fired my imagination and made me wonder if one day humans really could find a home in Europa’s interior”. Shaoni meets NASA’s Dr Murthy Gudipati, page 98 Mary McIntyre Outreach astronomer “It was a challenge designing a stylish yet educational model of a comet using household items. I hope you love the result as much as I do.” Mary shows you how to make an educational model of a comet, page 74…

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extra content online

Visit www.skyatnightmagazine.com/bonus-content/7CXVMDT/ to access this month’s selection of exclusive Bonus Content FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS Interview with a spaceflight professional Aerospace expert and suborbital scientist Kellie Gerardi discusses the secrets of the commercial space industry, how we can democratise access to space, and getting human feeton the Moon and Mars. The Sky at Night: State of Astronomy Chris and Maggiejoin an illustrious group of the UK’s best astronomers to pick their top moments from the past decade. Download observing guides and charts Access planet observing forms, binocular and deep-sky tours and our guide to Southern Hemisphere stargazing. 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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curve appeal

HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE, 14 DECEMBER 2020 Nicknamed the Molten Ring, the “curved’ galaxy in this Hubble Space Telescope image is GAL-CLUS-022058s, located in the southern constellation of Fornax, the Furnace. The largest and one of the most complete examples of an “Einstein ring’ ever discovered, it beautifully illustrates the phenomenon of gravitational lensing predicted by Einstein in his general theory of relativity. The arcing effect of lensing is produced when the gravity of a massive galaxy cluster distorts the light from more distant galaxies behind it. The key factor here is us: the effect only arises because, to our line of sight (or more accurately, the Hubble Space Telescope’s), the two objects are in the same line of sight. Gravitational lensing can produce distorted, magnified and even multiple images of the background object,…