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.

Features:

  • 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.

Regular features:

  • 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.

Australian Sky & Telescope is available from your local newsagent, or subscribe today to the print or digital edition. You can also get this issue singly in digital format.