BBC Sky at Night

BBC Sky at Night June 2021

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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The excitement was building at Sky at Night Magazine as we put this issue together, in anticipation of the partial solar eclipse that’s soon to be visible across the UK. On the morning of Thursday 10 June, the Moon will obscure a sizeable chunk of the Sun’s disc for viewers on this part of the planet – we won’t see a greater solar eclipse until 2025 – making it appear as a dramatic crescent shape. Get ready to witness the spectacle with our observing guide on page 46, imaging guides on pages 73 and 76, and ideas for simple ways to view without the Sun’s bright glare damaging your eyesight on page 72. We stay with the Sun elsewhere in this issue too, with a look behind the scenes at how…

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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

Jamie Carter Astronomy journalist “Everyone wants to see more stars, and light pollution is easy to fix. All the UK’s dark skies movement needs now is the law on its side.” Jamie outlines what Westminster’s APPG for Dark Skies wants to legislate for, page 34 Paul Money Reviews editor “Although annular for the Arctic region, we still get to see a partial solar eclipse from the UK on 10 June so, weather-permitting, it’s best to be prepared in advance!” Paul gets ready for the partial solar eclipse, page 72 Stephanie Yardley Space weather expert “I am excited to see what the Sun has in store for us during SolarCycle 25. Recently, solar activity has started to increase and so it looks like the Sun may have woken up!” Stephanie looks at how solar activity is forecast, page 28…

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extra content online

Visit www.skyatnightmagazine.com/bonus-content/EENHE5U/ to access this month’s selection of exclusive Bonus Content JUNE HIGHLIGHTS Interview: how to capture a black hole Astronomer Heino Falcke reveals how an Earth-sized telescope photographed the black hole in galaxy M87. Watch The Sky at Night: Mars and Meteorites Chris and Maggie get the latest on the new probes exploring Mars and report on the discovery of the Winchcombe meteorite. Download exclusive observing resources Access planet and solar observing forms, and software to guide your telescope through this month’s deep-sky tour. 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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blowing titanium bubbles

CHANDRA X-RAY OBSERVATORY/NUSTAR/HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE, 21 APRIL 2021 Reminiscent of a child’s painting, this kaleidoscopic creation is supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (Cas A), revealed by new research to be blasting out unusual titanium bubbles. Finding ‘stable’ titanium for the very first time – among other elements including iron (orange), oxygen (purple), silicon/magnesium (green) and the much more common unstable titanium (light blue) – adds strength to the theory that neutrinos (very low mass subatomic particles) are what drive the shockwaves necessary for massive fuel-depleted stars to explode as supernovae. ET drone flown MARS PERSEVERANCE, 19 APRIL 2021 Mars Perseverance’s Navcam acquired these images of the Ingenuity helicopter making history: the first (human-made) powered, controlled flight on another world. The drone-like craft climbed to a height of 3m and hovered for 30 seconds before touching back…