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SEPTEMBER 2013
 
#100
 www.skyatnightmagazine.com
16-PAGE SPECIAL
: The 100 best sights to see this month and ever
100
TH
 ISSUE COLLECTOR’S EDITION
 
Orbital collisions
How to clear low-Earth orbit of space junk 
 Alien climates
 An insight into the weather on distant worlds
Hands-free observing: part 1 of our plans for a binocular mount The decade’s biggest astronomy discoveriesRead the letters that launched Patrick Moore’s TV career
EXCLUSIVE!
 
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
 SEPTEMBER
 03
skyatnightmagazine.com 2013
Welcome
HOW TO CONTACT US
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Sky at Night Magazine, Immediate Media Co. Bristol Ltd., Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol, BS1 3BN
VINCENT WHITEMAN
EQUIPMENT EXPERT
Keen amateur observer  Vincent details the latest astro accessories on page 104, including a light pollution filter.
PAUL MONEY
REVIEWS EDITOR
Our resident
gear expert Paul puts the new  AZ-EQ6 GT
mount from Sky-Watcher
through its paces this month – see page 94.
PAUL SUTHERLAND
SCIENCE AUTHOR
Regular contributor Paul is author of the book
Where Did Pluto Go? 
 and gave his name to asteroid 6726 Suthers.
SEAN BLAIR 
SPACE WRITER
 A former press officer for the European Space  Agency, these days Sean is a freelance astronomy journalist.
PS
 
Next issue goes on sale 19 September.
This month’s contributors include...
Chris Bramley
Editor
Celebrating 100 issues of Britain’s best astronomy magazine
Sky at Night
LOTS OF WAYS TO ENJOY THE NIGHT SKY...
PODCAST
 
The
Sky at Night Magazine 
 team discuss the latest astro news in our monthly podcast 
TWITTER 
 
Follow @skyatnightmag to keep up with the latest space stories and tell us what you think 
ONLINE
 
 Visit our website for reviews, competitions, astrophotos, observing guides and our forum
TELEVISION
 
Find out what
The Sky at Night 
 team will be exploring in this month’s episode on page 19
iPAD
 
Get each month’s issue on your iPad, now with bonus video and extra images
FACEBOOK
 
 All the details of our latest issue, plus news from the magazine and updates to our website
a rare honour – an official portrait. We spoke to Robin-Lee Hall, the artist who painted him, to give you the inside story on page 37.This month we’re also launching our very first reader holiday. Our week-long Northern Lights astronomy tour in February 2014 will take you right into the auroral oval to witness dramatic displays – more details on page 17.Enjoy the issue.
T
his month, we celebrate a milestone – it’s our 100th issue! And we’re marking this achievement with a special 16-page guide
The Sky at Night  Magazine 100 
. Our treasury of must-see celestial sights has something for everyone, from amazing phenomena visible with your own eyes to more challenging objects like lunar valleys and distant galaxies. You’ll find the pull-out section at the centre of the magazine.When our first issue came out in June 2005, the world of astronomy was a very different place. The Hubble Space Telescope could still be serviced by the Space Shuttle, Pluto was still a full planet and the idea of sending humans to Mars was a pipedream. But we’ve made huge progress, and on page 62
Sky at Night
presenter Chris Lintott guides us through some of the most important discoveries made in the eight years since we launched.We also remember Patrick Moore’s involvement with the magazine with an exclusive, unique insight into the birth of
The Sky at Night 
 programme back in 1957. In correspondence from the BBC’s archives, on page 33 you’ll see the first steps in Patrick’s 50-year broadcasting career. It’s an unrivalled record, and one that the BBC recognises with

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