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NASA’s Insight reveals first look inside Mars
‘Liquid water’ spots below Martian surface might be clay
Resolving the Mars methane mystery
Witnessing gravitational instability
Kepler finds possible outcast Earths
Amateur tracks down new moon of Jupiter
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Lost & found: Milky Way-size ‘orphan cloud’
Event Horizon Telescope reveals curious black hole jet
Evidence for ancient volcanoes on asteroid psyche
Tornados in the cosmic web
Moon-size white dwarf Is smallest ever found
The giant that ‘blinked’
A menagerie of stellar nurseries
Hipparchus and the equinoxes • Oft overlooked, Hipparchus was a pioneer of astronomy in the ancient world.
Into the TIME Machine
Beam the data down, Scotty • Lasers will replace radio antennae as the interplanetary communications system.
Through a lens, brightly • Will giant refractors make a comeback as space-based telescopes?
The lunar frontier • By the late 2020s, we may have deployed multiple radio astronomy instruments on Earth’s natural satellite.
To boldly go • By mid-century, we may have sent a craft to look back at ourselves from beyond the Solar System.
Future forecast • What developments can we expect in astronomy between now and 2050?
BUILDING THE JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE • A generation in the making, the James Webb Space Telescope is the synthesis of scientific vision, technological advancement and engineering achievement.
Two end-of-year eclipses • November and December will bring a lunar and solar eclipse, respectively.
Two November oppositions
Fuzzy ball of light
USING THE STAR CHART
Capricious Capricornus • This strange zodiacal constellation offers more than first meets the eye.
Three planets in a row • Jupiter, Saturn and Venus line up in the evening sky.
Six showers to see • There’s no excuse to not see some meteors
A bright comet for Christmas? • C/2021 A1 Leonard could reach magnitude 6 as the year closes.
Into the heart of Orion • Here are just a few of the hundreds of variables in this region.
Getting groovy on the Moon • Understanding the origins of these fine lunar features can enhance your observing experience.
The odd world of peculiar galaxies • Galaxies with singular features present intriguing views through the eyepiece.
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Meet the Neighbours The Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Family • Our Milky Way has torn a nearby galaxy to shreds. Find out how you can observe its remnants.
A remote experience • Astrophotography with remotely operated telescopes is easier than you might think.
Eavesdropping on Mars • The most compelling audio the Perseverance rover will record might well be the sounds it generates itself.
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