In the November 2018 issue of Sky & Telescope, we share a smorgasbord of astronomical delights. Explore the three monster telescopes designed to revolutionize our view of the universe. Learn about the mission headed to Mercury that will double the number of spacecraft that have visited the innermost planet and discover what we know and what we're hoping to learn from the new up-close observations. Find out how color photography was brought to astronomy using a technique first proposed by James Clerk Maxwell. Plus, how many extragalactic globulars can you see with an amateur scope? Check out our observing picks for the month, learn the optimal aperture for viewing the Moon and planets, and go on a deep sky tour in Pegasus! Read about one amateur astronomer's project to create a scale model of the solar system along a local walking and bicycling path. We also review iOptron's CEM120 Equatorial Mount. Enjoy these and other stories in the November 2018 issue of Sky & Telescope.
Astronomers and engineers are boldly building a generation of telescopes like none that has gone before.
By Govert Schilling
Return to the Iron Planet
An ungainly stack of satellites is set to double the number of spacecraft that have visited Mercury.
By Emily Lakdawalla
When Color Came from Down Under
Astronomy had to wait some 100 years before one astronomer popularized the color of the universe.
By Antonio Peña
In Search of Extragalactic Globulars
What’s the farthest star ball you can see with an amateur telescope? Start your hunt outside the Milky Way.
By Steve Gottlieb
Spotlight on a Seyfert
The author takes a close look at the nearest and brightest Seyfert galaxy through a 48-inch telescope.
By Howard Banich
Beyond the Printed Page
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Launches to “Touch the Sun”
Read the original article in full about the Parker Solar Probe's launch.
HaloSat: A Small Satellite for a Big Question
Want to learn more about HaloSat, a mini-satellite recently deployed from the International Space Station, on the hunt for the universe's missing matter? Read the full story here.
Challenge Planetary Nebula Finder Charts
Grab the finder charts for Pease 1 in in Pegasus, the first globular cluster found to host a planetary nebula.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
Doubles and More in Capricornus
We continue our exploration of the celestial Sea Goat — you might stumble upon some unexpected finds.
By Fred Schaaf
An Asteroid Pays a Visit
This month offers ideal viewing conditions for asteroid 3 Juno.
By S. N. Johnson-Roehr
How Much Does Size Matter
The optimal aperture for viewing the Moon and planets is surprisingly modest.
By Thomas A. Dobbins
Look high to discover the glories of the Winged Horse.
By Sue French
Table of Contents
See what else November's issue has to offer.