Our lively magazine, Popular Astronomy

If you join the SPA, you’ll receive Popular Astronomy, our bright, informative magazine, six times a year, in January, March, May, July, September and November.

Every issue is packed with articles, regular features and photos, about all aspects of astronomy, and with all pages in colour. The text is written in a clear and readable style and will appeal to beginners and more experienced amateurs alike.

Scroll down for a link to read a recent sample issue in full!


Here is what’s in the latest issue of Popular Astronomy.

As well as main features covering professional and amateur research, regular features include…

AstroNews – updates on some of the most interesting current developments in professional astronomy.
Amateur Scene – a fascinating look round around local astronomical societies.
Telescope Topics – practical advice on choosing and using, observing and imaging equipment.
Space Exploration – latest news on space probes and missions.
Young Stargazers – a special section for our younger members.
How To – a practical guide to some aspect of amateur observing.
What’s Up? – a star map and notes about interesting objects.
Sky Diary – what’s happening in the sky in the coming weeks.
Section Reports – the very latest observations from our sections
Also, members’ photos, book and product reviews, society news, competitions and more.

If you have books or other publications for review, please contact the Editor.

If you would like to submit material for publication in the magazine, please read the Popular Astronomy writers’ guide.

See a sample back issue now!

The following back-issue, from 2020, can be viewed full-screen. Turn the pages, just like a physical magazine.