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Remembering your first scope
Insight lander heads to Mars
TESS mission launches successfully
Gaia maps 1.7 billion stars, widens cosmic census
14 galaxies might have become the largest cluster in the Universe
Do supermassive black holes wander the Milky Way?
Hawking takes on the multiverse
Mud cracks on Mars reveal a lake’s history
Visits to Venus and Mars • The month of August has a rich place in the history in planetary exploration.
Celestial scenery • The depths of deep space revealed under dark Australian skies.
LITTER IN ORBIT: How to Clean Up Space Junk • Millions of pieces of debris orbit Earth, and it’s going to take a coordinated effort to solve the problem.
INTERPLANETARY SPACE JUNK • In this article I have concentrated on the junk that orbits Earth. But humans have been littering interplanetary space, too. SpaceX’s recent launch of its CEO’s inert Tesla Roadster car into solar orbit aboard the new Falcon Heavy rocket is only one recent example.
SPACE JUNK HAS A TALE TO TELL
Mars’ LOST atmosphere • NASA’s MAVEN mission has confirmed how our planetary neighbour lost its protective gas envelope.
Your First Scope • Consider this expert advice before making your first big purchase as an amateur astronomer.
‘Kicking the Tires’ • Things to check when selecting a telescope
First into orbit • Australia’s states are lining up to host to the nation’s new Space Agency.
Surprises come in twos
USING THE STAR CHART
All my Mars at once — Part 2 • Join the author as he continues down Martian Memory Lane.
Venus & Jupiter are ‘western stars’ • These two bright worlds are unmistakable in the evening sky.
Meteors, with a chance of fireballs • Tackle the Southern Taurids and maybe spot a fireball or two.
SKY PHENOMENA (dates in AEST)
Sagittarius rises again • Take aim at these targets within the Archer-Centaur constellation.
When amateur astronomers gather • This year’s National Convention held something for everyone.
Action at Jupiter
The ‘meteor storm’ comet returns • Set your sights on 21P/Giacobini-Zinner during September.
M17: The nebula with too many names • Follow this guide to find one of the best H II regions in the night sky.
Hunting Phobos and Deimos • Spotting these diminutive moons is a daunting challenge for dedicated observers.
Precision optics • A New Zealand company that specialises in high-tech optics is taking on the world.
NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE
Messier 27: The first planetary nebula • Explore this complex deep sky object through your telescope with the help of an experienced observer’s ever-so-elaborate sketches.
PLANETARY NEBULA: A misleading and unfortunate name
BONUS OBJECT: NSV 24959, the Goldilocks Variable star
Managing images with Observatory • This program for Mac computers helps you to organise your image data, and more.
Idiosyncratic but authoritative • Binoculars: Fallacy & Fact
An optimised Dob • Wringing the last gram of performance out of a scope.
A worthy winner • Queensland’s David Moriarty receives prestigious scientific recognition.
Astrophotos from our readers
Armchair astronaut • Always wanted to...