HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL FIND in the Sep/Oct 2022 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — on sale August 4. 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.

Features:

  • Webb’s first light — The first science images have been released from the James Webb Space Telescope. What do they show us?
  • Flying with Ingenuity on Mars — It’s thanks to bold creativity and tenacity that a small rotorcraft is now exploring the Red Planet.
  • Seeing Saturn’s ring spokes — Discovering these mysterious features was a 20th-century triumph for 19th-century observing techniques.
  • Smash and nudge — NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission might help us someday avert our species’ potential annihilation by asteroid.
  • SETI’s big boost — New instruments and data-analysis tools are opening more sky to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
  • What is the ecliptic? — In our new beginners’ section, we take a look at important angles in the Solar System.
  • Imaging — Understanding focal ratios will help you produce better astrophotos.
  • Astrophotography’s next big thing — Deep sky astrophotography is rapidly evolving, and in some ways the future is already here. We look at the latest tech and trends.

Observing & exploring:

  • Binocular highlight — Come on a tour of Messier 6 and 7, two open star clusters in the scorpion’s tail.
  • Planets — Jupiter is beginning to rule the night sky, as its opposition approaches in September. And don’t miss Neptune and Juno too!
  • Meteors — Are we about to witness a meteor swarm?
  • Comets — Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) has been around for months and already seems like an old friend.
  • Variable stars — Getting all aquiver about R Aquilae, a red giant star on one of the wings of Aquila, the Eagle.
  • The Moon — Grab your telescope and scan the lunar seas for ‘rim islands’ and buried craters.
  • Planets — What caused a bright flash on Jupiter’s moon Io back in 1983? Could it have been a mega discharge of lightning?
  • Solar System — Your full guide to experiencing the opposition viewing season for Jupiter, Neptune and Juno.

Regular features:

  • Test report — We take a look at Sequator’s free nightscaping software, which enables you to combine images to produce stunning results.
  • Pro-Am collaboration — Might you be the one to spot the first galactic supernova in more than 400 years? Find out how you can get involved in a professional search program.
  • Astronomer’s workbench — You’ve never seen anything like these clever homebuilt binoculars!
  • Night life — Events and activities for astronomy enthusiasts.
  • New products — New astronomical gear 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.