Here’s what you’ll find in the Mar/Apr 2021 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — on sale this week at your local newsagent, or you can subscribe to the print or digital edition.


  • 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.

Observing & exploring:

  • 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.

Regular features:

  • 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.

Next issue

And here’s what’s coming up in the May/Jun 2021 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope — on sale on April 8.

  • The mystery of the Martian moons — Planetary scientists may soon discover how the Red Planet acquired its two potato-shaped companions.
  • The Leo trio — A compact collection of galaxies warrants not only observing but also sketching.
  • Choosing an astrograph — We present a clever way to compare features in deep-sky imaging scopes before making a purchase.
  • Orion’s StarShoot G16 Deep Space Camera — We look at one of the latest offerings for budget-minded imagers.

Available from your local newsagent, or subscribe today to the print or digital edition.