Here’s what you’ll find in the April 2019 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — on sale March 7!
- Titan’s veil — Saturn’s largest moon has all the chemical ingredients for life as we know it.
- The Ultima Thule flyby — The leader of NASA’s New Horizons mission describes its historic New Year’s Day encounter.
- Spinning through space — Space observatories that spin have made some of the greatest discoveries.
- Placing the Pleiades — Data from the Gaia mission solves a controversy about the distance to this famous star cluster.
- Explaining Algol — How John Goodricke and Edward Pigott discovered and interpreted a new variable star.
- Starfish & stragglers — Recreate Charles Messier’s historic discovery of a striking star cluster.
- The Herschel hunt — Are you up for the ultimate deep sky observing challenge?
OBSERVING & EXPLORING:
- Binocular highlight — Spot this star cluster that’s fit for a queen.
- Under the stars — Sail with the Argonauts in the sky, as we explore three constellations.
- Planets — Watch as the Moon ‘swallows’ Saturn on April 25.
- Meteors — The old faithful Eta Aquariids meteor shower is back.
- Variable stars — Four easy and fascinating stars to find in the same field.
- Comets — Tales of cometary anti-tails and shadows.
- Deep sky — Get to know the Hydra I Galaxy Cluster.
- The Moon — Spot the lunar volcanic features reveal our neighbour’s ancient history.
- Test report — Explore the Sun with Daystar’s Solar Scout 60C hydrogen-alpha telescope.
- Astronomer’s workbench — Make a simple telescope out of plastic buckets!
- Night life — Plenty of events and activities for astronomy enthusiasts.
- Telescope care — In part 1 of our series on how to take care of your Newtonian, we show you how to wash and clean mirrors.
…and much more.