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Observatories, skies, adventures
ARACHNOPHOBES BEWARE • JWST peers inside a cosmic spider web.
BLOB OF GAS SWIRLS AROUND SAGITTARIUS A* • Corresponding to an X-ray flare, the hot spot has key implications for how our galaxy’s supermassive black hole feeds.
HUNTING BABY PLANETS
Juno zooms in on Europa
JWST SPIES NEPTUNE’S RINGS
Galaxy sparkles with earliestknown globular clusters
Stages of astro-coping • Or: How not to deal with bad seeing.
TOP 10 SPACE STORIES OF 2022 • Last year kicked off the era of JWST, while astronomers mapped out the next decade of discovery and released some of the first results from the Hayabusa2 mission to asteroid Ryugu.
SEE WINTER’S BEST Messier objects • Bundle up and behold the season’s finest deep-sky targets.
Venus moves along • THE SOLAR SYSTEM’S CHANGING LANDSCAPE AS IT APPEARS IN EARTH’S SKY.
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.
JWST sets its sights on Jupiter • NASA’s latest space telescope shows off its prowess, unveiling the ethereal beauty of the gas giant.
THE TUCSON TRIANGLE America’s astronomical nexus • This trio of observatories is the greatest collection of scopes and spectrographs in the continental U.S.
The Navy’s great refractor turns 150 • From martian moons to double stars, this historic telescope made its mark on the field.
Orion’s hidden treasures • Scour the sky for some new prey.
The Theta Orionis challenge • This multiple-star system will test your visual acuity.
Relaxing fall • Astronomy’s experts from around the globe answer your cosmic questions.
BREAKTHROUGH • WORTHY OF MORE THAN A SIDEWAYS GLANCE
Chasing the Moon’s shadow