|Publisher||The Society for Popular Astronomy|
History and profile
The magazine was started in 1953 with the name The Junior Astronomer. Before 2011 it was a quarterly publication. Before 1981 the journal was known as Hermes, and earlier still it was called The Junior Astronomer. The magazine is published by the Society for Popular Astronomy, a national society for amateur astronomers.
- AstroNews - updates on some of the most interesting current developments in professional astronomy;
- Amateur Scene - a look around local astronomy clubs;
- Deep Sky Notes - surveying the season's deep celestial sights;
- Sky Diary - what's happening in the sky in the coming weeks;
- Glorious Universe - comparing amateur and professional observations of celestial objects and phenomena;
- Also, readers' letters, plus book and product reviews, society news, competitions and more.
The magazine also includes a section for Young Stargazers to help younger readers to understand modern astronomy.
Editors past and present
- Richard Baum (1953 June–1955 October)
- Patrick Moore (1956)
- Richard Baum (1957 January–July)
- Gilbert Satterthwaite (1957 October–1961 April)
- John Lytheer (1961 July–1964 April)
- George Teideman (1964 July���1967 April)
- Ian Ridpath (1967 July–1974 April)
- Paul Sutherland (1974 July–1982 July)
- Enid Lake (1982 October–1985 October)
- Ian Ridpath (1986 January–1989 July; editor-in-chief until 1992 October)
- Tom Hosking (1989 October–2000 July)
- Peter Grego (2000 October–2016 February)
- Amanda Doyle (2016 February-2018 July)
- Mandy Bailey (acting ed.) (2018 July-2019 January)
- Osnat Katz (2019 January-2020 January)
- Robin Scagell (acting ed.) (2020 January- ).
Changes of name: The Junior Astronomer from 1953 June until 1960 July; Hermes from 1960 October to 1980 October; Popular Astronomy 1981 January to present.
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