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Current Issue: May/June 2022
Digging the Sky
Catching the Uncatchable
Merlin answers questions about an oddity associated with the solstices and an in-and-out dash by the solar system’s largest planet.
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Four of the five planets visible to the unaided eye continue to congregate in early morning sky, with the fifth briefly joining them at the end of June. The last vestiges of the winter sky disappear in the west, while the stars of summer begin their annual ascent.
A good lunar eclipse, rolling with a Mars rover, and a book that questions everything.
* NASA awards seed money to study innovative ideas in space exploration, including a mission to capture samples from the clouds of Venus, one to protect Earth from cosmic impacts, and one to shield Mars-bound astronauts from cosmic radiation.
* A giant Sun-watching telescope gets to work.
* Supermassive black holes are headed for a giant collision.
* Geopolitics scuttles a trip to Mars.
In the Next Issue
We’ll join the search for the first stars in the universe, present details about the first and most recent Mars rovers from a beautiful new coffee-table book, and offer Merlin’s answers to your questions.
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