The cover of the November 2022 issue

James Webb Space Telescope, Black Holes, and Lunar Eclipses

In the November 2022 issue of Sky & Telescope, we take an in-depth look at the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope and what they mean for astronomy going forward. If you’re interested in hunting down your own deep-sky bounty, the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 891 and its neighbors are excellent targets for late fall. The Sun is another excellent target as the solar cycle continues to increase toward maximum. Catch a few sunspots and solar flares with our guide to imaging the Sun this month. Finally, don’t miss the last lunar eclipse of 2022. This month’s eclipse also happens to coincide with a lunar occultation of Uranus!


A Deeper View

The first data from the James Webb Space Telescope demonstrate unprecedented capabilities.

By Monica Young

The Search for Middle-weight Black Holes

Elusive intermediate-mass black holes hold the key to understanding their supermassive siblings.

By Jenny Greene

Cosmic Cataclysm in South America

Evidence of an ancient aerial explosion points to an ongoing danger.

By Peter H. Schultz and Thomas A. Dobbins

The Great Edge-On Galaxy of Autumn

Spend some time with the splendid NGC 891 and its neighbors.

By Howard Banich

Understanding Lunar Eclipses

Celestial geometry and Earth’s atmosphere combine to create a spectacular sight.  

By Anthony Mallama

Catching the Sun

As the solar cycle ramps up, it’s a great time to photograph our star.

By Sean Walker

Beyond the Printed Page:


Join the Deepskyhunters’ online forum and help track down hitherto unknown deep-sky objects.

Asteroid Bennu

Learn more about the asteroid that almost swallowed a spacecraft whole.

Lunar Eclipse Model

Check out Anthony Mallama’s technical paper on a model that can predict the dimming and color of lunar eclipses.

See the latest planetary nebulae candidates and contribute your observations or discoveries.


The Hero and the Demon Star

Algol is much more than the star of a mythical tall tale.

By Fred Schaaf

2022’s Final Eclipse

November’s total lunar eclipse will be widely visible across the Americas.

By Bob King

Seeing the True Colors of Mars

A lesson for astronomers from a chemist.

By Thomas A. Dobbins

Off the Beaten Track in Perseus

Two open clusters in southern Perseus are modest but worthy targets.

By Ken Hewitt-White

Table of Contents

See what else November’s issue has to offer.


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