Here’s what you’ll find in the Mar/Apr 2021 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — on sale this week!
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  • How did we get the asteroid belt? — Asteroids might tell us more about the Solar System’s earliest years than the planets themselves.
  • Pieces of other worlds — Japanese and Chinese missions have brought back samples of an asteroid and the Moon.
  • The great dimming of Betelgeuse — Astronomers are working to understand why the famed red supergiant star faded so dramatically.
  • The story of T Tauri — An infant star in Taurus helped reveal a truth once thought radical: The universe still makes new stars.
  • Catch an ISS transit — Find out how to photograph the International Space Station as it transits across the face of the Sun or the Moon.
  • Celebrating celestial seas — We bring you the winning photos from New Zealand’s premier astrophotography awards.


  • Binocular highlight — Spotting the birthplace of new worlds.
  • Under the stars — In praise of the underdog star, Procyon.
  • Planets — Mars has the evening sky to itself in March.
  • Meteors — Two small southern meteor showers to see.
  • Comets — A ‘well-matured’ comet to see this autumn.
  • Variable stars — Spot a triplet of variable stars.
  • Deep sky — Going off the beaten track in Orion brings pleasant surprises.
  • Going deep — See newborn planetary systems in Orion.
  • The Moon — Understanding lunar craters.


  • Astrophotography — Helpful tips to get the most out of your galaxy images.
  • Test report — ED glass and advanced optical coatings push Sky-Watcher’s Evostar 150 APO refractor to its full potential.
  • Astronomer’s workbench — Build the ultimate travel telescope.
  • Night life — Events and activities for astronomy enthusiasts

…and much more.

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