Here’s what you’ll find in the Jul/Aug 2021 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — on sale this week!
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  • Relics of a distant past — New observations and computer simulations are upending our ideas about how globular clusters — home to some of the oldest stars — formed.
  • The Magellanic giant — A flood of new data has revolutionised our understanding of the Milky Way’s largest companion galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud.
  • Cassini, and the birth of big science — Scientific innovations from this underappreciated 17th-century astronomer still reverberate today.
  • Pathway to Pluto — Grab your telescope and journey into eastern Sagittarius to locate this remote dwarf planet.
  • Halley’s Comet: A look back and ahead — Remembering the most recent return of the most famous “dirty snowball” of all.


  • Binocular highlight — Enjoy a tale of two Scorpius star clusters.
  • Under the stars — Explore the path from Arcturus to Vega.
  • Planets — It’s peak observing time for Jupiter and Saturn as they reach opposition.
  • Meteors — Two meteor showers reach their peak in July.
  • Comets — Will we see a rejuvenated Comet 15P/Finlay?
  • Variable stars — Spotting supergiant stars that suddenly fade.
  • Deep sky — A guided tour of planetary nebulae of the mid-south.
  • Outer limits — How to home in on asteroid Hebe.
  • Planets — Spot elusive features in Saturn’s rings.


  • Test report — Putting the QHY5III462C planetary camera to the test.
  • Astrophotography — How to make the most of whatever type of photographic gear you have.
  • Astronomer’s workbench — Check out an easy and unique Dobsonian design.
  • Pro-am collaboration — Join NASA’s Exoplanet Watch project and be a citizen scientist.
  • Night life — Events and activities for astronomy enthusiasts.

…and much more.

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