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BBC Sky at Night 

Fox Lane Books is delighted to be partnering with BBC's Sky at Night magazine for their programme of virtual lectures, with fascinating speakers, that will take place online and be available to view globally.

For tickets, speakers and more information on individual events, click HERE for Sky at Night

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Masterclass with Will Gater

Virtual event: Thursday 1st December @ 7pm GMT

Planet Earth is not alone in the Solar System: we share our home star, the Sun, with the seven other worlds that also orbit it. But how do you get started exploring the wonders these worlds have to offer?

In this talk, astronomer and author Will Gater will shine a light on how to identify planets in the night sky and how binoculars and telescopes can bring more details into view on these far-off worlds.

PLUS we’ll also be investigating the rare and not-to-be-missed planetary event taking place just a week after this talk on 8 December, when the full Moon will appear to pass in front of Mars, the Red Planet, and block it from view, in an event known as a lunar occultation.


  • The naked-eye planets and how to find and identify them

  • Elongations and oppositions: the key planetary observing terms to know

  • What you can expect to see through binoculars, and small and medium-aperture telescopes

  • Studying the globes of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn

  • Observing the more challenging ice giants

  • Dates for your diary: the best times to see each planet this winter

  • The Moon meets Mars: December’s rare lunar occultation of the Red Planet

Book onto this Masterclass for £15 

About the speaker

Will Gater is an astronomer, author and presenter with a lifelong love of observing the night sky. He has toured the UK with a live theatre show about the Solar System, and has written many popular books on astronomy and stargazing.

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