Here’s what you’ll find in the May/June 2020 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — on sale now!
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- Rugged worlds — Two spacecraft sent to asteroids Ryugu and Bennu have unveiled worlds with formidable surfaces and mysterious histories.
- Revising the story of planet formation — New tech has given astronomers access to the regions where planets are born, complicating our notions of planet formation.
- Quicksilver astronomy — Forget lenses and aluminising: some astronomers are turning to dishes of mercury to study the universe.
- Solar eclipses throughout the Solar System — Can total solar eclipses be seen from planets other than the Earth?
- Changing of the guard — CMOS is set to overtake CCD as the dominant electronic imaging medium — but is it up to the task?
- Telescope making — A Dobsonian relic of the 1970s has finally seen the light, complete with flower-power artwork.
OBSERVING & EXPLORING:
- Binocular highlight — It’s time to go deep sky stargazing in Puppis.
- Under the stars — Focusing on fabled female figures in the constellations.
- Planets — Get ready for Jupiter and Saturn’s double act.
- Meteors — The Eta Aquariid meteor shower is bound to be a crowd-pleaser.
- Comets — Two enigmatic ‘dark horse’ comets for amateurs to spot.
- Variable stars — Scientists are expecting an explosion from the stars T Corona Borealis.
- Deep sky — Tracking down ring galaxies.
- Solar System — Can you spot the Mountains of Mitchel on Mars?
- Celestial calendar — Seeing Jupiter’s moons, Venus’ phase and two eclipses.
- Test report — We take a good look at Canon’s mirrorless EOS Ra camera. Is it right for you astro-imaging needs?
- Astronomer’s workbench — How one amateur built a telescope tube out of carbon fibre.
- Night life — Events and activities for astronomy enthusiasts.
…and much more.