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Exclusive to members – Popular Astronomy

The November–December issue of our bimonthly magazine is out now. It is packed with interesting articles, but you won’t find it in the shops! That’s because Popular Astronomy is available exclusively to members.

To get your own copy, plus all the other benefits of belonging to Britain’s brightest astronomical society, click here now to become a member of the SPA!

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View the elusive planet Uranus



It may be the butt of jokes, but right now is a great time to look for the planet Uranus as it’s well-placed in the sky. But although the seventh planet from the Sun is four times the diameter of Earth and is just visible to the naked eye under good conditions, it looks like just another faint star so it takes some finding. Here’s our quick guide to spotting it in autumn 2022.

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Choosing a telescope

If you’re interested in astronomy, it stands to reason that you need a telescope, and the bigger the better. But for most of us, there’s a lot of research to do before you can make the plunge. There is a bewildering range of instruments available, but the good news is…

How to start stargazing

Learning the sky might seem tricky at first. There are so many stars, and unlike visiting a new town or city, the stars keep on moving around! But don’t give up! With a few tips and tricks, you’ll soon start to tell your Aries from your Aldebaran. The first step is to look at…