Adam Block Studios now offers streaming video tutorials that teach astrophotographers how to use the popular image-processing software PixInsight via comprehensive and in-depth lessons. PixInsight Fundamentals ($180) is an in-depth primer of the core functionality of the powerful software package, while PixInsight Horizons ($250) discusses many advanced techniques to help you get the most out of your image data.
Researchers discuss new signs of chemistry favorable to life at Mars, Europa, and Enceladus — plus how to probe for its presence with interplanetary missions.
Author (and former S&T editor) Stephen James O’Meara rolls out his latest ebook Diamonds in the Sky: Discover the Stars Over Botswana ($5.98). This introductory field guide to exploring the night skies is geared towards, though not limited to, anyone considering a trip to the exceedingly dark southern skies of Botswana.
From serendipitous camping trips to forging international consensus on big-budget observatories, the 2018 Kavli Prize laureate discusses her personal and professional journey into the field of astrochemistry.
Tele Vue Optics teams up with filter manufacturer Astronomik to revamp its series of nebula filters for deep-sky observing. The Tele Vue Bandmate Type 2 Filters are offered in three select passbands and are offered in ¼-inch (starting at $100) and 2-inch format ($200 and up).
Sky & Telescope magazine predicts that the Perseid shower will be at its peak late on Sunday night, August 12th, and early morning on the 13th.
Early on July 31st, the planet Mars will be closer to Earth than at any time in the past 15 years. It's bright and unmistakable in the southwestern sky after evening twilight.
The night sky's two brightest object — the Moon and Venus — will appear dramatically close together after sunset on Sunday, July 15th.
Willmann-Bell releases the 5th volume of Annals of the Deep Sky: A Survey of Galactic and Extragalactic Objects by Jeff Kanipe and Dennis Webb ($24.95). The series continues to be the most up-to-date and comprehensive observing guide available in the 21st century.
A short take on astronomy news finds a cosmic butterfly testing theories of galactic evolution, a new idea for the formation of Mars's moons, and the discovery of a stellar thief that survived a supernova explosion.