HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL FIND in the Mar/Apr 2022 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — out now. Pick up a copy at your local newsagent or get the digital issue. You can also save some money by subscribing to the print or digital editions.
- Rock on — Planetary scientists are sending robotic emissaries to unmask the secrets of asteroids throughout the Solar System.
- Webb’s journey of discovery begins — The James Webb Space Telescope has passed its most critical milestones and is getting set for operation.
- The planets that aren’t what they seem — Super-Earths and mini-Neptunes abound in the galaxy, but scientists are still working out what these worlds actually look like.
- The in-betweeners — Discoveries of brown dwarfs and exoplanets are complicating our definitions of which is which.
- The first deep sky atlas — Can a classic star atlas still work for modern observers? We take a look.
- Ultra-deep imaging — When it comes to long-exposure astrophotography, dedicating multiple nights to a single target can lead to surprising results.
Observing & exploring:
- Binocular highlight — Find these Collinder star clusters in Canis Major with just a pair of binoculars.
- Evenings with the stars — The other gems of Gemini — the stars Castor and Pollux are more than a famous pair of bright stars.
- Planets — Get up early during March and spot all the five bright planets all together in the morning sky.
- Meteors — See if you can spot meteors from the Gamma Normid and Pi Puppid meteor showers.
- Comets — Comet Leonard stole the show at the start of 2022, but what can we expect from other comets in the coming months?
- Variable stars — Don’t discount the value of visual observing, even in this digital age.
- The Moon — Does China’s Chang’e 5 lunar sample return mission change our understanding of the history of lunar lavas?
- Deep sky — The reflection nebula NGC 1999 in Orion harbours a dark secret.
- Test report — We take a good look at the Player One Mars-M and Neptune-C II planetary video cameras.
- Pro-Am collaboration — You can help scientists get to the bottom of fleeting cosmic radio signals.
- Astronomer’s workbench — Learn how to build a wooden-tube refractor telescope.
- Night life — Events and activities for astronomy enthusiasts.
- New products — New telescopes, cameras and accessories.