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Exclusive to members – Popular Astronomy Magazine

The March–April 2024 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!

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Jupiter meets Uranus
Ever seen Uranus? No, be serious, have you ever seen the planet Uranus? April 2024 is a good time to look for it, because it’s right next to Jupiter, the brightest planet in the sky at the moment. And on 10 April there’s a spectacular line-up of Jupiter, Uranus, a thin crescent Moon and even a comet, all close together in the sky.
Eclipse? What eclipse?

The major total eclipse of Monday 8 April 2024 is only visible in Mexico and North America as a total event. But while most people in the UK won’t see any eclipse at all, whatever the weather, some places in the north and west of the country have the chance of seeing a small partial event at sunset.

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