Astronomy Now September 2014


Astronomy Now September 2014

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Rosetta’s strange comet

Europe’s Rosetta probe has finally caught its quarry, comet 67P Churyumov–Gerasimenko, but what it has found there was beyond our wildest expectations.

The window into the past

A ‘ghost’ galaxy almost devoid of stars is shedding light on the properties of the very first galaxies, writes Jasmin Fox–Skelly.

Cassini’s curtain call

NASA’s renowned mission to Saturn has just completed ten amazing years at the ringed planet, but plans have already been drawn up for a spectacular end to the adventure, describes Keith Cooper.

Two’s company

From the most diminutive red dwarfs to the most impressively massive supergiants in the Universe, stars have a tendency to come in twos, but why do they form as pairs asks Keith Cooper?

Exoplanets from your back garden

Mark Salisbury describes his work detecting planets around other stars from his back garden in Kent and explains how you can you with just an amateur telescope and a CCD.

Getting the most from your GOTO

Your computerised telescope comes with a handset containing data on tens of thousands of objects, but where do you begin with them? Ninian Boyle provides some pointers.

Market leader

Telescope giants Celestron are blazing a trail in the astronomical equipment market. Keith Cooper caught up with their CEO to find out how they are doing it.

The night sky

Jupiter and Venus are prominent in the morning sky, we dive deep into the constellation Pisces and we explore the galaxy NGC 7331.