Here’s what you’ll find in the October 2019 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — on sale now at your local newsagent, or you can subscribe to the print or digital edition.

FEATURES:

  • The face of a black hole — A worldwide team of scientists has detected the shadow created by a black hole’s event horizon. We show how they did it.
  • Kepler’s conquests — We’ve tallied up all the exoplanet discoveries from the Kepler and follow-on K2 missions. There are a lot of them.
  • Pioneers of the invisible universe — Scientists and engineers have worked over the decades to access the X-ray sky, revealing a hot and lively cosmos.
  • Opportunity’s end — The Martian rover’s long and spectacular but heartbreaking saga helped rewrite our understanding of the Red Planet.
  • Happy birthday, Margaret Burbidge — The astronomer who taught us we are all made of stardust celebrates her 100th birthday this year.
  • Astrophotography — All the winning images from the 2019 David Malin Awards.

OBSERVING & EXPLORING:

  • Binocular highlight — Seeing stars and clusters, near and far.
  • Under the stars — Musings on time with the Milky Way.
  • Planets — It’s Mercury’s time in the limelight.
  • Meteors — The Orionids are coming!
  • Variable stars — Spot VY Sculptoris, a cataclysmic binary.
  • Comets — Remembering the mighty Ikeya-Seki.
  • Deep sky — Visually track down microquasars.
  • Outer limits — Spot the moons of Uranus and Neptune.
  • Solar System — Signs of active volcanoes on Venus?

REGULAR FEATURES:

  • Imaging — The latest smartphones make nightscape astrophotography a snap.
  • Test report — We try out Nikon’s mirrorless Z6 camera.
  • Astronomer’s workbench — A massive homebuilt Go To mount.
  • Night life — events and activities for astronomy enthusiasts

…and much more.

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