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Current Issue: September/October 2022
Going to the Robots
To the Observatory Born
Merlin follows three explorers beyond the solar system, explains an odd finding about an asteroid, and compiles some galaxy catalogs.
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Bright planets highlight the night skies of late summer and early autumn. Saturn leads the way, followed by brilliant Jupiter and orange Mars, which grows brighter night by night. The Summer Triangle stands at its highest as summer draws to a close, while some of the best sights of autumn nights creep higher into the evening sky.
Voyaging through the solar system, a regal planet, and volunteering for astronomy
- A European records the “jiggles” of a hundred thousand stars, logs a record haul of binaries, plots asteroids, and much more.
- James Webb Space Telescope provides the first of many spectacular glimpses of the universe.
- NASA grounds a flying observatory.
- A “dart” takes aim at an asteroid.
In the Next Issue
We already know that a giant asteroid was a dinosaur killer, but scientists are finding more evidence that asteroids have killed people as well, and we’ll provide details. We’ll also describe efforts to find and deflect asteroids that might be on a collision course with Earth.
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