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In 1919 two astronomers set out on an expedition to prove Einstein's new general theory of relativity by observing a total solar eclipse.

The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux is marking its involvement with this historic astronomical endeavour with a series of events celebrating one of the turning points in our understanding of the Universe.

The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux is marking the 100th anniversary of the total solar eclipse that helped to support Einstein's general theory of relativity.

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The Eta Aquariid meteor shower is one of many that can be spotted in the night sky every year. With a new Moon occurring around peak activity, very early risers this weekend could be treated to a spectacular show.

The best time to look for Eta Aquariid meteors is around peak activity, from 01:30-03.30 BST on 6 May. Credit: BBC Sky at Night Magazine

This weekend, step outside after midnight and before dawn, look up, and you might just spot an Eta Aquariid meteor whizzing across the night sky.

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Longer days and cloudy nights shouldn't mean the end of another observing season. BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money is taking the opportunity to engage in a spot of daytime astronomy.

"A clear blue sky also means we can view the nearest star to us." Credit: iStock

Staring directly at the Sun can permanently damage your eyesight. Find out how to observe the Sun safely with our guide here.

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On 1 January 2019, the New Horizons spacecraft flew by the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule on the outer reaches of the Solar System.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine got the chance to speak to Dr Carey Lisse, a member of the New Horizons science team, to find out about the latest science and what it might reveal about the origins of the Sun and planets.

"We are just at the very beginning of scaling the mountain and learning all about it. I wouldn't be anywhere else. This is exploration at its purest." Carey Lisse is an astrophysicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and a member of the NASA New Horizons team.

The New Horizons spacecraft revealed the features and geology of the distant dwarf planet Pluto and its moons like no other mission before it.

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This episode the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team discuss the recent image of a supermassive black hole at the heart of a galaxy and the Japanese Hayabusa2 asteroid sample mission.

Plus, we speak to The Sky at Night’s Lucie Green about the science of the solar cycle.

All our podcasts are available via iTunes and PodBean.

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This episode the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team discuss the recent image of a supermassive black hole at the heart of a galaxy and the Japanese Hayabusa2 asteroid sample mission.

Plus, we speak to The Sky at Night’s Lucie Green about the science of the solar cycle.

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Download an excerpt from The Vinyl Frontier, a new book by Jonathan Scott about the Golden Record that was installed on the Voyager spacecraft.

Extract provided courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing.

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Theoretical physicist John Ellis is concerned with the state of the Universe: its origin and its future.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine got the chance to discuss with Ellis the Higgs boson, parallel universes and why anything exists at all.

"We are attempting to understand the rule book for the Universe." John Ellis is a CERN theoretical physicist and currently Clerk Maxwell Professor of Theoretical Physics at King's College London.

Theoretical physics can be a tough subject for most of us to navigate.

But some in the field of experimental physics, like Professor John Ellis, help the rest of us understand a bit more about the workings of the Universe, and the missing pieces of the puzzle.

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Longer days and cloudy nights shouldn't mean the end of another observing season. BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money is taking the opportunity to engage in a spot of daytime astronomy.

"A clear blue sky also means we can view the nearest star to us." Credit: iStock

Staring directly at the Sun can permanently damage your eyesight. Find out how to observe the Sun safely with our guide here.

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This month we spoke to NASA planetary scientist Carey Lisse about the latest results from the New Horizons Kuiper Belt flyby.

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