A European mission to a comet is just the next step in our quest to get ever closer to one of these icy bodies.
'Hairy stars', the ancient Greeks called them. Where do comets come from and what causes them to grow a tail?
There is a breed of comet that likes it hot - skirting the solar corona, they swoop in from the frozen depths to be incinerated. Now Comet ISON is set to join these Sun-grazers, but will it survive?
With the Sun at its most active in eleven years, now is the perfect time to visit northern Europe to see the Northern Lights. Aurora photographer Fredrik Broms describes these shimmering lights, where to see them and how to view them.
It is a bumper Night Sky section this issue, with D-day for Comet ISON, Venus a magnificent evening star, a double length beginners' sky tour and the Crab Nebula as our object of the month.
Orion is overflowing with multiple stars as John Nanson hones in on two separate pockets of delectable doubles.
As the Kepler mission comes to an end, astronomers are already turning their attention towards what comes next. Keith Cooper reports on a mission to measure the atmospheres of exoplanets.
In the news this month: Kepler serves up another helping of exoplanets, Evaporating lakes on Titan, The asteroid with six tails and Did a comet once explode over Egypt?
This month's night sky section features a plethora of planets including Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter, plus an in-depth look at the Pleiades star cluster.
There is no better introduction to observational astronomy for budding astronomers than to delve into the delights of the spectacular winter sky.
The efficiency with which light is transported down your telescope tube is almost as important as the quality of your optics.
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This special publication features the photography of British astro-imager Nik Szymanek and covers a range of photographic methods from basic to advanced. Beautiful pictures of the night sky can be obtained with a simple camera and tripod before tackling more difficult projects, such as guided astrophotography through the telescope and CCD imaging.
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