Dr Nadezhda Cherbakov from Tver in Russia tells us about the discoveries, achievements and passing of (Owen) Bruce Slee, and explains how neutron stars form, and how some become pulsars.

Dr Ian ‘Astroblog’ Musgrave continues ‘the dance of the planets’, and introduces ‘Ian’s Tangent’ a new segment, and this week it is about observing the moons of Jupiter using binoculars and ‘What’s up in the sky this week’.

In the news this week: the LOFAR Array, @Astrokatie nails some misconceptions, a 5th force of nature? … and exploding white dwarf stars.