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Easy deep-sky observing
STRANDS OF THE COSMIC WEB REVEALED • Astronomers capture filaments of gas crisscrossing the universe.
EVENT HORIZON TELESCOPE MAPS A BLACK HOLE’S MAGNETIC FIELD • New images of M87’s supermassive black hole hint at how it fires its massive galaxy-spanning jets.
A born-again star
Moon-forming impactor remains hidden within Earth
ANOTHER STAR SNEEZES LIKE BETELGEUSE
‘OUMUAMUA’S TRIP AROUND THE SUN
Mars may generate the zodiacal light
Volcanoes may have replenished a super-Earth’s atmosphere
The third dimension • What does it take to see in 3D?
Apollo 15 NASA hits its stride • Armed with the first rover, intrepid astronauts drove lunar science forward.
APOLLO 15 IN IN 3D • Unique stereo views help us remember the glory of humanity’s first three-day stay on the Moon.
VIEWING 3D IMAGES
EXPLORE FROM HOME
JULY 2021 Planetful nights • THE SOLAR SYSTEM’S CHANGING LANDSCAPE AS IT APPEARS IN EARTH’S SKY.
RISING MOON • To the pole!
METEOR WATCH • Scan the horizon
PATHS OF THE PLANETS • This map unfolds the entire night sky from sunset (at right) until sunrise (at left). Arrows and colored dots show motions and locations of solar system objects during the month.
COMET SEARCH • Higher flier
LOCATING ASTEROIDS • Suburban sighting
Target easy deep-sky objects • With a modest telescope, you can spot these celestial beauties.
How to observe PLUTO • The dwarf planet reaches opposition July 17. Here’s what you need to know to spot it.
ASTRONOMY MAGAZINE’S PLUTO GLOBE
Venus and Mars meet up • In a public display of conjunction, see Venus and Mars at their finest.
The magic behind telescope MIRRORS • The optics are what makes a telescope tick, but creating the perfect mirror is an intricate, artisanal process.
Hunting the Little Fox • Join me on my journey through Vulpecula.
Odd ducks • It’s no surprise when tribe trumps truth.
Sinus Iridum stirs the imagination • The Bay of Rainbows is a visual treasure trove.
Summer jewels • Make sure to collect these treasures this July.
Chasing eclipse crossings • Astronomy’s experts from around the globe answer your cosmic questions.
September 2021 Evenings of unbridled delights