Articles

Will’s writing has appeared in many of the world’s best science and technology magazines including New ScientistSky at Night Magazine, Focus, Astronomy Now and BBC Knowledge Magazine.

His feature articles have covered everything from human space exploration and practical astronomy to dark matter and the search for planets beyond the Solar System.

Below you’ll find details of where you can find some of Will’s work in print and online.

 

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News stories

Galaxy mapper’s first discovery: surprise space debris, 21 July 2014, New Scientist. [Read it online].


Feature articles

Below is a complete list of Will’s published feature articles. Pieces that have been chosen as cover stories are highlighted in white.

Hidden skyscapes, February 2017, BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

The stars of winter, January 2017, BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

Rosetta’s final descent, December 2016, Sky at Night Magazine.

Rise of the rovers, November 2016, Sky at Night Magazine

On demand aurora, October 2016, Sky at Night Magazine.

Tricks of the trade, September 2016, Sky at Night Magazine.

Embracing the Moon’s draw, August 2016, Sky at Night Magazine.

In Galileo’s wake, July 2016, Sky at Night Magazine.

Cassini’s final adventure, June 2016, Sky at Night Magazine.

Spying a solar system’s birth, May 2016, Sky at Night Magazine.

Secrets of Selene, April 2016, Sky at Night Magazine.

Messengers from the Solar System, March 2016, Sky at Night Magazine.

A beginner’s guide to imaging the Moon, February 2016, Sky at Night Magazine.

2016 – the year ahead, January 2016, Sky at Night Magazine.

Beyond Pluto, 21 November 2015 issue (No. 3048), New Scientist. [Read it online]

Exoplanet hunters – the next generation, December 2015, Sky at Night Magazine.

Rosetta – the journey so far, November 2015, Sky at Night Magazine.

The October Octathlon, October 2015, Sky at Night Magazine.

The science of Cygnus, September 2015, Sky at Night Magazine.

Make the most of summer solar observing, August 2015, Sky at Night Magazine.

50 years of Mars exploration, July 2015, Sky at Night Magazine.

Surprises at Ceres, June 2015, Sky at Night Magazine.

Create your own images with space mission data, May 2015, Sky at Night Magazine.

Widen your horizons, April 2015, Sky at Night Magazine.

MESSENGER’s last dispatch, March 2015, Sky at Night Magazine.

Trial by fire, February 2015, Sky at Night Magazine.

2015: my observing year, January 2015, Sky at Night Magazine.

The rebirth of Kepler, December 2014, Sky at Night Magazine.

The supernova shop, November 2014, Sky at Night Magazine.

The far frontier, October 2014, Sky at Night Magazine.

Secret treasures of the autumn sky, September 2014, Sky at Night Magazine.

The comet chaser, August 2014, BBC Focus.

The glowing ghosts, August 2014, Sky at Night Magazine.

Making an impact
, July 2014, Sky at Night Magazine.

Jewels of summer, June 2014, Sky at Night Magazine.

The Riddles of the Rings, May 2014, Sky at Night Magazine.

Unlocking the secrets of light, April 2014, Sky at Night Magazine.

The perils of perihelion, March 2014, Sky at Night Magazine.

Beta yourself – astrophotography, March 2014, Stuff magazine.

Venus: a world clouded in mystery, February 2014, Sky at Night Magazine.

Tonight’s the night!, Spring 2014 issue, National Trust Magazine.

Stargazing in 2014, January 2014, Sky at Night Magazine.

NASA’s craziest ideas, January 2014, BBC Focus.

The planets that shouldn’t exist, December 2013, Sky at Night Magazine.

Comets – biochemical couriers?, November 2013, Sky at Night Magazine.

The ultimate observing list, September 2013, Sky at Night Magazine.

This magical display in the night sky dances because of the Sun, 7 September 2013, The Daily Telegraph

Sailing on a sea of light, August 2013, Sky at Night Magazine.

Light revolution, April 2013, Sky at Night Magazine.

Stargazing for beginners, January 2013, Countryfile magazine.

NASA needs you!, November 2012, Sky at Night Magazine [also published online].

15 years of Cassini, October 2012, Sky at Night Magazine.

The violent Sun, July 2012, Sky at Night Magazine.

55 years of The Sky at Night, April 2012, Sky at Night Magazine.

The observers’ guide to star parties, March 2012, Sky at Night Magazine.

Top 10 sights of 2012, January 2012, Sky at Night Magazine.

Stargazing LIVE returns!, January 2012, Sky at Night Magazine.

Secrets of the Moon revealed, December 2011, Sky at Night Magazine.

Explaining the aurora, November 2011, Sky at Night Magazine.

Curiouser & curiouser, Nov/Dec 2011, BBC Knowledge Magazine.

The new season starts now, September 2011, Sky at Night Magazine.

The UK’s biggest telescopes, August 2011, Sky at Night Magazine.

Islands of darkness, July 2011, Sky at Night Magazine.

Astrophotography: the complete guide (part 2) — the Moon, May 2011, Sky at Night Magazine.

Comets in disguise, March 2011, Sky at Night Magazine.

How to see the aurora from the UK, February 2011, Sky at Night Magazine.

Ice haloes, January 2011, Sky at Night Magazine.

Brian Cox’s guide to the galaxies, January 2011, BBC Focus.

Stargazing Live, January 2011, Sky at Night Magazine.

A planet like Earth, December 2010, Sky at Night Magazine.

Standing on the shoulders of giants, November 2010, Sky at Night Magazine.

The new season starts here, September 2010, Sky at Night Magazine.

The impossible star, August 2010, Sky at Night Magazine.

Dark matter: how astronomers are closing in on the hidden Universe, July 2010, Sky at Night Magazine.

Astronomy needs you!, June 2010, Sky at Night Magazine.

Enceladus: water world, May 2010, Sky at Night Magazine.

The deadly supernova, April 2010, Sky at Night Magazine.

Seven wonders of the Solar System, February 2010, Sky at Night Magazine.

How the Milky Way was built (article by Will within feature by Robert Matthews), February 2010, BBC Knowledge Magazine.

Remote control, November 2009, Sky at Night Magazine.

Sky At Night Magazine interviews: Ann Druyan, October 2009, Sky at Night Magazine.

How a galaxy grows (spread by Will within feature by Robert Matthews), September 2009, Focus.

Search for the lost planet, August 2009, Sky at Night Magazine.

Return to the Moon, July 2009, Sky at Night Magazine.

How to use Norton’s star atlas, July 2009, Sky at Night Magazine.

Asteroids: why do we keep missing them?, June 2009, Sky at Night Magazine.

A safe landing, June 2009, Man on the Moon (Sky at Night Magazine special publication).

How you can see what Hubble sees, May 2009, Sky at Night Magazine.

Meet the time traveller, April 2009, Sky at Night Magazine.

Return to the Moon, April 2009, Sky at Night Magazine.

Observing challenge, March 2009, Sky at Night Magazine.

Landing a lab on Mars, February 2009, Sky at Night Magazine.

Frenetic fields, January 2009, Sky at Night Magazine.

5 years of Mars Express, December 2008, Sky at Night Magazine.

Your first telescope, November 2008, Sky at Night Magazine.

Mercury surprising, October 2008, Sky at Night Magazine.

The next supernova, September 2008, Sky at Night Magazine.

50 wonders you must see before you die, August 2008, Sky at Night Magazine.

Taking it further, July 2008, Sky at Night Magazine.

Summer sights, June 2008, Sky at Night Magazine.

Where do comets really come from?, May 2008, Sky at Night Magazine.

Britain’s Moon shot, April 2008, Sky at Night Magazine.

Save the skies, save the world, March 2008, Sky at Night Magazine.

Inside the ESA/Hubble Internship Programme, December 2007, ST-ECF Newsletter 43, ST-ECF/ESA.

On the hunt for celestial jewels, October 2007, Devon Life.

10 astronomy experiments for kids, September 2007, Astronomy Now.

A day out at Europe’s ‘space city’, June 2007, Astronomy Now.

Columbus, deception and the lunar eclipse, March 2007, Devon Life.

Moon-mosaic magic, March 2007, Astronomy Now.

Awesome Andromeda, February 2007, Astronomy Now.

Dark-sky delights, January 2007, Somerset Life (reprint of earlier Devon Life feature).

Celestial fireworks, November 2006, Devon Life.

How to…Sketch and log observations, November 2006, Sky at Night Magazine.

Magnetic monster, November 2006, Astronomy Now.

Dust discs of destiny, October 2006, Astronomy Now.

Dark-sky delights, September 2006, Devon Life.

Column articles

“Above & Beyond — The JUICE mission”, Sept/Oct 2012, BBC Knowledge Magazine.

“Above & Beyond — Curiosity’s landing”, Jul/Aug 2012, . BBC Knowledge Magazine.

“Above & Beyond — Revisiting the Eagle Nebula”, May/Jun 2012, BBC Knowledge Magazine.

“Above & Beyond — Asteroid Lutetia”, Mar/Apr 2012, BBC Knowledge Magazine.  

“Above & Beyond — Exploring Orion”, Jan/Feb 2012, BBC Knowledge Magazine.

“Above & Beyond — The Andromeda Galaxy”, Nov/Dec 2011, BBC Knowledge Magazine.

“Above & Beyond — The Ring Nebula”, Sept/Oct 2011, BBC Knowledge Magazine.

“Above & Beyond — The Milky Way’s heart”, July/Aug 2011, BBC Knowledge Magazine.

“Above & Beyond — Saturn”, May/June 2011, BBC Knowledge Magazine.

Journal articles

“Why should we bother to communicate astronomy?”, Will Gater, Communicating Astronomy With The Public Journal, Issue.2: p.30, International Astronomical Union Division XII, Commission 55. Also appears in June 2008, ST-ECF Newsletter.

“I tune, you tube, we rule”, Will Gater & Raquel Yumi Shida, Communicating Astronomy With The Public Journal, Issue.1: p.30-31, International Astronomical Union Division XII, Commission 55.