Comet Leonard, Venus, and Springtime Galaxies
In the May 2022 issue of Sky & Telescope, we’re displaying some of the incredible images and sketches of Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) sent to us by our readers. We also discuss a possible new meteor shower from the broken pieces of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann. Plus, Venusian science is on the rise with three new missions heading to Earth’s sister planet in the next decade. So if you haven’t taken a look at the second planet from the Sun in some time, it’s time to break out those binoculars. We also have a fantastic selection of springtime binocular galaxies to enjoy while you wait for Venus to appear over the horizon alongside Jupiter a few hours before the Sun this month. Also in this issue, we present a cosmology conundrum for you to mull over: Why don’t the oldest stars have as much lithium as current estimates say they should?
Three new missions will transform our understanding of Earth’s evil twin in the 2030s.
By Emily Lakdawalla
Why do the oldest stars have only a third as much lithium as Big Bang predictions say they should?
By Ken Croswell
Crack out your binos and see how many distant island universes you can spot during mild May evenings.
By Scott Harrington
A broken comet might produce a surprise display at the end of May.
By Joe Rao
Comet C/2021 A1 closed out 2021 with a photographic bang.
By Sean Walker
Beyond the Printed Page:
Help S&T editors and scientists measure the size of the Earth’s shadow during the total lunar eclipses in 2022.
Read AAVSO’s guide to getting started in spectroscopy.
Learn more about the Schmidt-Cassegrain that Rik ter Horst made from a single piece of glass.
Check out the scale that leading astrobiology officials proposed to rank reports of possible alien life detection.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
Compact Corvus is striking spring constellation.
By Fred Schaaf
This month offers the first total lunar eclipse in a year.
By Bob King
The innermost planet sports a comet-like appendage.
By Thomas A. Dobbins
The hunting hounds of the Herdsman chase a ball of stars named M3.
By Ken Hewitt-White
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