2016 opens with Stargazing LIVE and a historic ISS mission
A New Year beckons, and it’s going to be one packed with fantastic stargazing opportunities. Turn to page 67 for our pick of the very best observing and photo opportunities that 2016 will bring, as well as an insight into what some of the top amateur astronomers are looking forward to training their telescopes on.
Stargazing LIVE is high on the must-see list, and on 12-14 January millions will be tuning in to BBC Two to watch – clear skies or not! For this series, Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain will link up live with the ISS to welcome the UK’s first government-sponsored astronaut Tim Peake to the show to talk about what life is like in the orbiting space station. Before his planned launch blasted off from Kazakhstan on 15 December we spoke exclusively to Tim, and you can read Nick Spall’s interview on page 34.
The programme is certainly reaching new heights in its sixth series, and on page 32 we reveal what else the team will be taking a look at, as well as recalling some of the best moments of previous years like last year’s amazing coverage of the total solar eclipse.
We also examine the colossal size of the cosmos on page 62, highlighting some of the
biggest objects in existence. Spend some time pondering these vast bodies – the star that’s 1.2 billion km in diameter for instance – you’ll realise just how amazing our Universe really is. To help you picture this, take a look at our six simple experiments on page 41. The size of the Solar System will really come home to you.
Enjoy the issue.
Chris Bramley Editor
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