Daniel K. Inouye Telescope, Gravitational-Wave Background, and Planetary Imaging

In the November issue of Sky & Telescope, we celebrate the discovery of the gravitational-wave background, made thanks to decades-long observations of pulsars. We’re also lauding the first images from the Daniel K. Inouye Telescope, which has just completed its first year of science observations. Over the next several decades, the telescope promises to revolutionize our understanding of the Sun. Also in this issue, learn about the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient melding of mathematics and engineering designed to aid understanding of the solar system. Dive into the solar system yourself with a primer on planetary imaging. But don’t put the magazine down until you read about salt and its role in the solar system — and in our search for life.

FEATURE ARTICLES:

Gravitational-Wave Background Revealed

Astronomers have detected a sea of waves from pairs of supermassive black holes.

By Govert Schilling

The Sun: Now in High-Def

The new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope is giving scientists an unprecedented view of our star.

By Arwen Rimmer

A Clockwork Cosmos

The Antikythera Mechanism is a remarkable meld of mathematics and precision engineering.

By Tony Flanders

A Planetary Imaging Primer

Here’s how you can create impressive photographs of our neighboring worlds.

By Jennifer Hanley

The Salty Solar System

These common compounds could determine whether life can find a foothold on other worlds.

By Jennifer Hanley

Messier 33: An Observer’s Guide

Get the best out of this wonderfully detailed spiral galaxy in the northern sky.

By Howard Banich

Beyond the Printed Page:

Chandrayaan 3 mission

Follow Chandrayaan 3 as India returns to the Moon.

Cloudy Skies

Use Astrospheric to predict the cloud cover in your area on any given night.

International Astronomical Search Collaboration

Participate in one of the IASC’s asteroid search campaigns.

Minor Planet Center

Submit your asteroid discoveries to the Minor Planet Center.

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

Seeking Sights in Cetus

Whale or Sea Monster, the enormous constellation is a naked-eye delight.

By Fred Schaaf

A Jupiter and Uranus Double Opposition

Two big planets are at their best this month.

By Bob King

“Powder Burns” on Jupiter

Are we overdue for the appearance of visible impact scars?

By Thomas A. Dobbins

Double Cluster Country

The famous side-by-side cluster pair in Perseus is a gateway to nearby starry targets.

By Ken Hewitt-White

Table of Contents

See what else November’s issue has to offer.

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