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Popular Astronomy Magazine front cover, May 2023 issue

Exclusive to members – Popular Astronomy Magazine

The May–June 2023 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 of the Society for Popular Astronomy.

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!

Popular Astronomy Magazine front cover, May 2023 issue

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Supernova appears in galaxy M101
A supernova has exploded in the galaxy M101 in the well-known constellation of Ursa Major. As of 23 May the star’s brightness is magnitude 11, so while you won’t be able to spot it as a new star just by looking up at the sky, amateur astronomers with medium-sized telescopes (say 150 mm and upwards) should be able to pick it out visually if they are accustomed to using the instrument.
Venus, the beautiful evening star

You can’t miss the evening star at the moment. The planet Venus is shining brightly in the spring skies of 2023, and it will remain with us into the early summer. But this year it disappears more quickly than usual as seen from the UK and northern Europe in particular. So what’s going on?

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