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!
Supernova appears in galaxy M101
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?
Jupiter and Venus light up the evening sky
What are those two stars in the west? Millions of people have asked this question in the past few days. The answer: the planets Jupiter and Venus. During late February and early March 2023 they are set to provide a beautiful sight in the evening sky.
Why you should join the SPA!
The night sky in June
Here is a map of the sky as it will appear from the latitude of London (51° 50′) this month, at 20h UT (GMT).
Our weekend courses
The SPA runs an annual weekend course where members can observe and learn together.
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…
Our observing sections
Whatever your interests, we’ve a section to suit you. Get expert advice and send in your own observations.
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…
Meetings and Events
The SPA usually holds regular Saturday meetings every three months in London.