Cosmic Neutrinos, Edge-On Galaxy NGC 4565, and Star Names
In the May 2023 issue of Sky & Telescope, we’re skimming the edges of NGC 4565, a stunning sideways galaxy in Coma Berenices. We’ll also show you how to capture all of this edge-on galaxy’s fine detail using the latest live-stacking cameras. Plus, come join us as we explore the specialized observatories built to hunt down exoplanets and elusive particles known as neutrinos. Also in this issue, can you name all 450 officially approved colloquial star names? We’ll get you started with Absolutno, a star that got its name in 2019 because of its exoplanet. This star’s name may be first on the list alphabetically, but it’s also one of the youngest. Many of the names on the International Astronomical Union’s list go back almost 2,000 years, and we trace that long history.
Scientists are building two vast “observatories” to help them study elusive particles.
By Govert Schilling
The Great Edge-On Galaxy of Spring
Let’s explore springtime’s stunning sideways galaxy.
By Howard Banich
The Past and Future of Star Names
Star names trace the diverse roots of modern science.
By Tony Flanders
The TESS space telescope is expanding our knowledge of exoplanets to those orbiting the smallest and closest stars.
By Knicole Colón
Latest-generation CMOS cameras make astrophotography easier than ever.
By Sean Walker
Beyond the Printed Page:
The MDW Hydrogen-Alpha Sky Survey
Check out this on-going, all-sky survey being created by three amateurs.
Help raise awareness about light pollution.
Join the hunt for new worlds.
Read more about the history of star names.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
What the constellation lacks in luster, it makes up for in wonder.
By Fred Schaaf
Catch a rare occultation of the solar system’s biggest planet.
By Bob King
Recent spacecraft images lend new credibility to a controversial planetary feature.
By Thomas A. Dobbins
Two faint Messier objects lie alongside the Big Dipper overhead at nightfall.
By Ken Hewitt-White
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