HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL FIND in the Nov/Dec 2021 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — on sale October 7. 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.
- Into the time machine — Amazing technologies and missions on the horizon will fundamentally change astronomy and space science forever.
- Future forecast — We asked astronomers to predict the discoveries and activities we can expect between now and 2030.
- Building the James Webb Space Telescope — A generation in the making, the James Webb Space Telescope is the result of vision, technological advances and engineering expertise.
- Meet the neighbours — Our Milky Way has torn a nearby galaxy to shreds. Find out how you can see its remnants.
- A remote experience — Astrophotography with remotely operated telescopes is easier than you might think.
Observing & exploring:
- Binocular highlight — Find the fuzzy ball that is the star cluster Messier 15.
- Evenings with the stars — Come on a caper through the constellation Capricornus.
- Planets — Find out when to see three bright planets in a row in December.
- Meteors — There’ll be no fewer than six meteor showers to see in November and December.
- Comets — Will we have a bright comet just in time for Christmas?
- Variable stars — Find some fascinating stars in the heart of the Orion Nebula.
- The Moon — The Moon is covered by grooves called ‘rilles’. Learn all about them.
- Deep sky — Delve into the odd world of peculiar galaxies.
- Celestial calendar — There’ll be a lunar eclipse in November and a solar eclipse in December. Plus don’t mission the oppositions of Uranus and Ceres.
- Test report — We test the Meade Series 5000 UHD eyepieces and ask, do they hit the sweet spot between performance and affordability?
- Pro-Am collaboration — How to join a global effort dedicated to documenting flashes on the lunar surface.
- Astronomer’s workbench — Fancy grinding your own mirrors? You’re going to need a Ronchi tester. Find out how to make one.
- Night life — Events and activities for astronomy enthusiasts.