Here’s what you’ll find in the Aug/Sep 2018 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — on sale now!
- Litter in orbit — Millions of pieces of debris orbit the Earth, and it’s going to take a coordinated international effort and innovative solutions to solve the problem.
- Mars’ lost atmosphere — NASA’s MAVEN mission has confirmed how our planetary neighbour lost its protective gas
- First into orbit — Australia’s states have begun a bidding and publicity war in the quest to play host to the nation’s new Space Agency.
- Celestial scenery — The depths of deep space are revealed in the winning photos from the Astronomical Society of NSW’s Astroimaging Competition.
- Precision optics — A New Zealand company that specialises in making high-tech optics, including huge lenses, is taking on the astronomy world.
- Your first telescope — Consider our expert advice before making your first big purchase as an amateur astronomer.
OBSERVING & EXPLORING:
- Binocular highlight — Two nebulae that will surprise you.
- Under the stars — Memories of Mars.
- Planets — Venus and Jupiter are this month’s ‘western stars’.
- Meteors — This month, meteors with a chance of fireballs.
- Double stars —Sagittarius rises again.
- Variable stars — Good things happen when amateur astronomers gather.
- Comets — The ‘meteor storm’ comet returns.
- Deep sky — The nebula with too many names.
- Solar System — Hunting Mars’ moons, Phobos and Diemos.
- History — Learn about Messier 27, the first planetary nebula.
- Test report — The Observatory software for Apple Mac computers helps you to organise your image data, and more.
- Astronomer’s workbench — How to wring the last gram of performance out of a scope.
…and much more.