Astronomy Now August 2014


Astronomy Now August 2014

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The August 2014 issue of Astronomy Now. Save yourself a trip to the newsagent. Also available as an instant digital download by clicking here.

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Rise of the Mega Moon

The Moon will appear at its largest in many a year, thanks to a combination of coincidence and illusion.

Catching a comet with Rosetta

After ten years the European Rosetta mission is finally approaching its destination, a comet that is heading towards the Sun. Keith Cooper talks to Rosetta’s mission scientists to find out what it is going to do when it arrives this August.

Mercury’s volcanic secret

Mercury’s volcanic past may be more recent than we ever realised, which adds to the mystery of Mercury’s origin, writes Jasmin Fox–Skelly.

Caroline’s comets

Caroline Herschel was never in the shadow of her brother William or nephew John, discovering amongst many other things nine comets of her own, describes Ian Welland.

Science by the sea: Portsmouth’s National Astronomy Meeting

The annual National Astronomy Meeting took place in June and Astronomy Now were there to report the latest astronomical discoveries announced at the conference in Portsmouth.

Son of Hubble

Plans are on the drawing board for a new optical space telescope that could dwarf anything that has come before it. We talk to the President of the Royal Astronomical Society, who is keen to see this telescope become reality.

Curiosity’s Martian chronicles

The Mars rover has now spent an entire Martian year on the red planet. Stephen Clark finds out how it has been doing in its mission.

Larger than life: remembering Dudley Fuller F.Sc.

Dudley Fuller, of Fullerscopes and Broadhurst Clarkson and Fuller fame, passed away in May. Here we reminisce with some of his old friends about his colourful life and how he revolutionised the British telescope industry.

The killer star

A hot, massive star is destroying a nebula from the inside out.

In the shops

Including a first look at the Celestron Rowe–Ackermann f/2.2 Schmidt astrograph, plus a review of Daystar’s Quark hydrogen-alpha ‘eyepiece’.