September–October 2023


14           How Edwin Hubble expanded                                                    Bryan Woods

                our Universe     


18           Astronomy then and now                                                            Robin Scagell and

                                                                                                                                Mark Hardaker


21           Interview with Richard Ellis                                                         Katrin Raynor          



4             Editorial                                                                                               Robin Scagell                    


4             AstroNews                                                                                         Amber Hornsby

               “Shooting stars” on the Sun                                                         Mandy Bailey

A planet sandwich                                                                           Mandy Bailey

Ancient stars at the heart of our Galaxy                                 Mandy Bailey

Understanding a stellar toddler                                                 Amber Hornsby

The longest-period magnetar ever detected                        Amber Hornsby


9              An Astronomer’s View                                                                  Stuart Atkinson

                Never give up


10           Telescope Topics                                                                             Ian Morison

                Everything about refractors part 4:

using them for astrophotography


12           Amateur Scene                                                                                 Peter Wade

                Eclipse chasers back in action / A trio of societies

The poetry of space / Sidmouth’s hilltop observatory

Out and about


16           How to                                                                                                 Robin Scagell    

                How to predict comet positions


24           Young Stargazers            

                From the Chief Stargazer                                                              Sheila Kanani

Apps for astronomy                                                                        Ben Wilkes


29           Space Exploration                                                                           Emma Foxell

                Starship issues likely to delay Artemis 3                                  Emma Foxell

An update on NASA’s Psyche                                                      Eleni Tsiakaliari

UAE reveal asteroid touring mission                                         Emma Foxell

GRASS on Dimorphos!                                                                    Eleni Tsiakaliari

View of Japanese mission crash site                                         Emma Foxell


32           Section Reports

                Variable Star                                                                                      Matthew Barrett

Meteor                                                                                                 Mark McIntyre

Planetary                                                                                             Alan Clitherow

Comet                                                                                                  Stuart Atkinson

Solar                                                                                                      John Chapman-Smith


39           Books

                Comet Madness / Venus                                                               Neil Norman / Alan Clitherow


40           The Society Pages

                SPA October meeting / BAA meetings

Section Director changes / New Chief Stargazer

Renew now to beat the subscription increase

Book now for Preston Montford


42           What’s up?                                                                                         Robin Scagell

                September and October 2023

Focus on Delphinus


44           Sky Diary

                Moon data / Occultation notes                                                  Mandy Bailey / Robin Scagell

Partial lunar eclipse 28 October 2023 / Planets                   Mark Hardaker / Alan Clitherow

Meteor notes / Variable Star notes                                          Mark McIntyre / /Matthew Barrett


46           SPA contacts


47           Showcase