Here’s what you’ll find in the February 2020 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — on sale January 16 at your local newsagent, or you can subscribe to the print or digital edition.
- Photo finish — All the best shots from the Auckland Astronomical Society’s annual astrophotography competition, capturing the essence of our marvellous southern skies.
- The Martian underground — Discoveries of life deep beneath Earth’s surface are making scientists wonder what might hide in the subsurface zones of Mars.
- Dwarf carbon stars — Stars that shouldn’t even exist may soon offer new clues to both the ancient universe and our galaxy’s birth.
- Spitzer’s legacy — NASA’s premier eye on the infrared sky is shutting down after operating more than three times longer than designed.
- Hobby killers — Here are our tips for how to avoid an expensive mistake when buying your first telescope.
OBSERVING & EXPLORING:
- Binocular highlight — Spot the ‘fertile crescent’ in Monoceros.
- Under the stars — It’s the season for seeing open star clusters.
- The planets — Venus shines in the night, but all the action is in the morning sky.
- Meteor showers — The conditions are right to see the Gamma Normids.
- Comets — The incredible tale of comets that change their tails.
- Variable stars — Catch a binary star in outburst.
- Deep sky — What’s the farthest star you can see?
- The Solar System — Searching for the Kordylewski Clouds.
- Observing challenge — Don’t miss asteroid 37 Fides’ encounter with M22.
- Observing logbook — Explore the Orion–Eridanus Superbubble region, sketch pad at the ready.
- Telescope tips — An easy-to-assemble imaging aid can take the guesswork out of focusing.
- Test report — Meade’s LX85 ACF package offers performance and portability.
- Astronomer’s workbench — How to revive and old telescope by building a new mount
- Night life — Events and activities for astronomy enthusiasts
…and much more.