There are many astronomy magazines on the market to either buy in your local newsagency, subscribe to and have the magazine delivered monthly, read online or subscribe to and download to read on your iPad. Here we take a look at the best magazines, what they offer astronomers plus how much they cost, while suggesting a range of astronomy themed apps you may like to consider.
Astronomy Magazine was first released back in 1973 and has increased in popularity year on year. Star gazers can subscribe to the magazine by visiting the website and clicking on the tab on the home page. A years subscription costs $42.95 plus package and posting of $16.00.
Astronomy Magazine is the best selling magazine of its kind in the world and is packed with news, expert science reporting, sky event coverage, beautiful photographs and useful reviews regarding telescopes, while the magazine offers something for all levels of competency from begginers through to experienced enthusiasts.
Users of the iPad can choose to subscribe to the digital option with the cost being the same as the paper version except there is no postage to pay which is great! Further information regarding this informative magazine can be found at the website.
Explore the Solar System, our galaxy and the furthest reaches of the universe with All About Space magazine.
Every issue of All About Space delivers fascinating articles and features on all aspects of space and space travel with mind-blowing photography and full-colour illustrations that bring the amazing universe around us to life. Dedicated to delivering expert commentary on the latest cutting-edge research, technology and theories in an entertaining and visually stunning way, All About Space educates and inspires readers of all ages.
The BBC Sky at Night Magazine is a one hundred and eight page issue that is jam packed full of colourful features and photographs to excite even the newest of star gazers. The magazine is a superb practical sky guide to what we can view in the heavens at night, while it holds all the latest astronomical news and astro photographs.
The Sky at Night Magazine is a great accompaniment to the BBC series that has been on our screen for decades and until recently was presented by the late great Sir Patrick Moore. The magazine is available from newsagents or online (which is cheaper) in fact customers will save a whopping £17.00 when paying by direct debit for their magazine as twelve issues will cost £44.90.
Want the magazine for your iPad? simply follow the instructions on the website in order to download and pay for your magazine.
Seven issues of Air and Space magazine will cost the subscriber $28.00, while the free gift of a Gear Bag comes along with your payment. Established in 1986 this magazine is packed with tons of great articles and photographs, while astronomers can read about space exploration from its beginnings to the present day.
The July magazine issue features a diverse range of topics such as Searching for Secrets of Area 51, Life Aboard an Aircraft Carrier, The Spaceport in Siberia and Build Your Own Drone plus much much more. In order to appreciate the wide and diverse coverage that Air and Space Magazine offers readers must take a look at their comprehensive website.
Older enthusiasts will be familiar with this magazine as it has been on the shelves since 1941 although don't be put off by its age as this magazine offers everything you would expect from a state of the art twenty first century astronomy feature. Sky and Telescope are a comprehensive guide to astronomy plus every issue features news of recent events and up to the minute astronomy news.
Sky and Telescope Magazine is offered in paper format as well as digital issues for your iPad. When subscribing to the digital format customers receive a special online discount, while gift subscriptions for that ultimate astronomers present are available too.
Astronomy Now has been on the go for the last twenty five years so knows plenty about what astronomers and amateur enthusiasts want from a good astronomy magazine, which is, plenty of features, great up to the minute news and information plus interesting articles.
Available from newsagents, via online subscription and digitally for iPad Astronomy Now also features amazing photographs, taken by its readers, of our night skies. Subscriptions cost £35.00 per year, while ordering online and paying by direct debit saves customers 26%. Back issues are also available to order online.
Apps You May Like for iPhones, Android Phones, iPad's & Other Tablets
Mobile Observatory is the highest rated astronomy app on the Android market and the perfect tool for anybody interested in the sky's wonders, from the occasional sky gazer to the passionate amateur astronomer. This app is a 2014 ON for Learning Award Winner for achieving the highest level of learning potential in digital media and entertainment for kids.
Google's totally free Android App allows you to view celestial objects, including stars, constellations, galaxies, planets and the Earth's moon.
Google also runs a browser-based version of Sky, which was created in response to the popularity of the Google Earth application.
Identify stars as you find them with Star Walk, an awesome app for iPAD.
Star Walk is the most beautiful stargazing app you've ever seen on a mobile device. It will become your go-to interactive astro guide to the night sky, following your every movement in real-time and allowing you to explore over 200, 000 celestial bodies with extensive information about stars and constellations that you find.
View a labelled map of the cosmos by pointing your iPhone camera at the night sky when using the Sky View app. Available for iPad too.
You don't need to be an astronomer to find stars or constellations in the sky, just open SkyView® and let it guide you to their location and identify them. SkyView® is a beautiful and intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or night. Find all 88 constellations as they fade in and out while you scan across the sky, locate every planet in our solar system, discover distant galaxies, and witness satellite fly-bys.
Have you ever looked up at the night sky, and wondered what exactly you were looking at? Pocket Universe is an easy-to-use app that will help you learn the names of constellations, bright stars, planets and more. You can literally hold up your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch in front of you, and the app will use the built-in compass to display the same view of the sky you see - but one that's complete with names and information.
Star gazers can explore planet surfaces, track the night skies and see detailed maps of the stars with this great Luminos app available from iTunes and suitable for iPad.
Luminos brings the excitement of the universe to you with beautifully rendered views of the night sky. Instantly zoom in to high-definition views of the planets and moons with a few taps on the screen. Hold Luminos up against the sky and it will effortlessly guide you to find any star or planet. Then, let Luminos entertain you with stories on the history, knowledge and mythology of your favorite planets, moons and stars.
View amazing photographs and pictures from far away galaxies and solar systems on your iPad with the APOD Viewer.
Each day NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day Website (APOD) presents an astronomical image (also animations & movies) along with a description of the "picture" written by a professional astronomer. These images range from pictures of The Planets, the Sun, Moon, Galaxies, Nebula to astronomical phenomena here on Earth.
This astronomy app for iPad covers over one hundred thousand stars and over five hundred deep sky objects plus 3D flights to the Moon and other planets. Red Shift is a must have for astronomy enthusiasts everywhere.
This app is free! Explore the stars and planets of our solar system with Planets for iPad.
An app with an amazing realistic display of the night sky, Distant Suns Lite is easy to use plus has a database featuring thousands of stars, galaxies and nebula.