Contained in the August 2019 Concern

June 19, 2019 - Comment

Reveal the X-ray Universe, Make a Liveable Planet, and Catch Star-Blown Bubbles Because the Chandra and XMM-Newton X-ray observatories observe twenty years in house this yr, S&T Information Editor Monica Younger celebrates the sphere of X-ray astronomy in our cowl story. Since astronomers discovered to rise above our ambiance with the approaching of the Area


Reveal the X-ray Universe, Make a Liveable Planet, and Catch Star-Blown Bubbles

Because the Chandra and XMM-Newton X-ray observatories observe twenty years in house this yr, S&T Information Editor Monica Younger celebrates the sphere of X-ray astronomy in our cowl story. Since astronomers discovered to rise above our ambiance with the approaching of the Area Age, X-rays have opened a brand new window on the universe. In the meantime, satellites have performed simply as massive a job in discovering worlds round stars close to and much. However what number of of those — particularly these round unstable however frequent M dwarfs — are liveable? Whereas August’s Perseid meteor bathe will compete with a 95%-lit Moon, the bathe is long-lived, so head out as early as late July to see it. In the meantime, the sky holds a lot different treasures, from deep-sky wonders which you can behold even by means of small telescopes to planets in morning and night skies, and even three asteroids which might be nearing opposition and visual by means of binoculars. For these with greater scopes, this is a problem: spot supernovae earlier than they occur in Wolf-Rayet stars, large stars already shedding their outer layers. On this challenge, you will additionally discover guides to the night and morning skies, explorations of lunar craters, and an S&T Check Report on Nikon’s mirrorless Z6 digicam.

Function Articles

A star goes poof!

Cassiopeia A supernova remnant, seen in X-rays
NASA / CXC / SAO

Pioneers of the Invisible Universe
Researchers searching for the X-ray sky revealed a sizzling, energetic, and revolutionary cosmos.
By Monica Younger

Small-Scope Summer season
Embrace the constraints of a small instrument for deep-sky observing this season.
By Brian Ventrudo

Catch a Wind-blown Bubble
Mysterious in origin and ethereal in nature, Wolf-Rayet nebulae intrigue each observer and reader alike.
By Steve Gottlieb

Pink Dwarf Habitability Recipe
Life on worlds across the smallest stars would address environments vastly completely different from our personal.
By Igor Palubski & Aomawa Shields

Governing the Planets
This yr marks the 400th anniversary of Kepler’s Third Regulation of Movement.
By F. Michael Witkoski

Smartphone Nightscaping
The ever-improving high quality of cameras in good units makes nightscape astrophotography a snap.
By Jeff Dai

Past the Printed Web page

Simulation of neutron star - black hole merger

Simulation of a neutron star – black gap merger.
F. Foucart (U. of New Hampshire) / SXS Collaboration / Classical and Quantum Gravity, 34, four (2017)

New LIGO Outcomes: The Full Story
Learn the way amateurs can take part in LIGO analysis.

Two Many years of X-rays
Relive twenty years on the frontier of discovery
with Chandra and XMM-Newton.

View the Ice Giants
Discover Uranus and Neptune in the summertime sky.

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

Anthony Wesley

Two Massive, One Small
The 2 gasoline giants proceed to enthrall us in the course of the earlier a part of the night time, whereas plucky Mercury delights us within the morning.
By Fred Schaaf

Three for One
Three asteroids, touring conveniently shut to at least one one other within the southern sky, come to opposition this month.
By S. N. Johnson-Roehr

Unruly Crater Rays
These lengthy, shiny streaks crisscross the lunar floor but defy simple rationalization.
By Charles Wooden

The Wonderful Eagle
Many lesser-known clusters and nebulae swarm across the mighty Eagle Nebula.
By Sue French

Desk of Contents
See what else August’s challenge has to supply.



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