Who says you can’t go old-school when it comes to keeping up-to-date with the latest in the field of astronomy? Apps are of course a powerful tool in the never-ending quest for news of objects and events beyond our atmosphere, but very few apps allow their users to keep their finger on the pulse of astronomy quite like a monthly magazine can. There is an impressive selection of astronomy magazines in the UK, but this article is focused on reviewing the best the astronomy-magazine world has to offer: Astronomy.com’s Magazine is much-anticipated by many each month, while Sky at Night and Astronomy Now’s pages are also under review here, as is the constantly-updated online content each of these three magazines has to offer.
Modern times have certainly opened up unprecedented avenues for amateur astronomers; anyone that owns a smartphone can map the stars with the various apps available. But whether you’ve had your fill of astronomy apps or simply like to build your knowledge with written knowledge you can hold in your hand, only a fool would deny the importance of books in their pursuit of astronomy, cosmology, or simply gazing at the stars. This article takes a glance at some seriously good astronomy books, featuring works from behemoths of the field including Sir Patrick Moore, Steven Hawking, and Professor Brian Cox.