March–April 2019


17           The Annie Maunder Astrographic Telescope  Dr Louise Devoy / Brendan Owens

20           Farside Fallacy  Graham Sparrow

26           Looking East: the rise of the Chinese space programme  Melanie Davies              

33           Earth’s thermostat  Jan Drozd



4      Editorial Osnat Katz   

4      AstroNews Amber Hornsby

OSIRIS-REx asteroid sampling mission reaches Bennu  Matjaz Vidmar

Mega shark versus supernova Nikki Zabel

The snowman and the piano Thomas Barratt

Shooting for the far side of the Moon Amber Hornsby

Timing is everything: big flares from young stars could help or hinder habitable planets Sarah Jaffa

9              Citizen Science Alice Sheppard

From Citizens Advice to Citizen Science

10           Telescope Topics Ian Morison

Everything about refractors: Part 2 – the resolution of a refracting telescope and measures of their optical quality

12           Amateur Scene Peter Wade

Salford’s city centre observatory / Loughton’s half century /

Astronomy Centre’s seal of approval/

Solar exhibition showcases pioneering photographer /

Patrick’s car back on the road / Out and about

14           How to find those objects Robin Scagell

22           Young Stargazers Cardiff University

From the Chief Stargazer Lucie Green

Augmented reality: the outer planets Faulkes Telescope Project

Tiny explosions pack a mighty punch Space Scoop

E is for exoplanets everywhere! Space Scoop

30           Space Exploration  Jane MacArthur

New robot on Mars

Frost movement on Triton

36           Section Reports

Comet Stuart Atkinson

Aurora and NLC Sandra Brantingham

Planetary Alan Clitherow

Lunar  Graham Sparrow  

Variable Star Matthew Barrett   

Deep Sky  David Finnigan

43           The Society Pages

Membership renewals / SPA Convention / SPA meetings

44    Sky Diary

Moon data Mandy Bailey

Occultation notes / Meteor notes Mell Jeffery / Paul Sutherland

Planets / Variable Star notes  Alan Clitherow / Matthew Barrett

46           SPA contacts

47           Showcase