HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL FIND in the May/Jun 2022 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — on sale April 7. Pick up a copy at your local newsagency or get the digital issue. You can also save some money by subscribing to the print or digital editions.


  • Ocean underworlds — Two missions will take a close look at some of our best bets for finding alien life in the Solar System — Jupiter’s icy moons.
  • A most unusual galaxy — A new survey hints that the Milky Way galaxy might be an oddity — with broad implications for our understanding of the universe.
  • The comet highway — A region between Jupiter and Neptune serves as the on-ramp for icy bodies entering the inner Solar System.
  • Untangling the cosmic web — Astronomers are slowly mapping the long-hidden filaments that connect galaxies.
  • Going to extremes in the Moon’s shadow — A quest to see total eclipses on every continent took the Michael Nelmes to the icy plains of Antarctica.
  • Stellar STEM — As astro camp for schoolgirls is setting some stargazers on a career in astronomy.
  • Astrophotography — Image stacking is one of the best methods for producing ‘noise-free’ astrophotos. We show you how to do it.

Observing & exploring:

  • Binocular highlight — Tracking down the star cluster IC 4665, a classic rediscovered.
  • Evenings with the stars — Bootes’ brightest star Arcturus, has some serious claims to fame.
  • Planets — All the best planetary action will happen in the morning sky in May and June.
  • Meteors — Expect some great viewing conditions for the Eta Aquariid meteor shower this year.
  • Comets — Delving into the story of sungrazing comets and Aristotle’s fascination with one of them.
  • Variable stars — There’s a red giant star in Centaurus just waiting for you to pay it a visit.
  • Planets — The intriguing story of Venus’ “cusps, caps and collars”. Are they real?
  • Galaxies — Join the author on a quest to hunt down ‘Markarian’ galaxies in the Virgo Cluster.
  • Deep sky — Do you think quasars are too dim for you to see? Think again.

Regular features:

  • Test report — We take a look at the PrimaLuceLab Eagle 4 Pro controller, and find that it’s more than just a computer.
  • Pro-Am collaboration — Are you ready to start splitting starlight? Take a dive in spectroscopy.
  • Astronomer’s workbench — Learn how to get spot on telescope pointing with equipment you might already own.
  • 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.