Mars at Opposition, Globular Clusters, and the Universe in Gamma Rays
In the October 2020 issue of Sky & Telescope, we’re getting ready for the best view of Mars until 2035 with our favorite images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as well as observing tips as the Red Planet reaches opposition. Meanwhile, enjoy our list of stunning globular clusters to add to any big telescope’s bucket list. Early October is also a great time to hunt for geostationary satellites — and photograph them too. On cloudy nights, cozy up with the latest from NASA’s Fermi space telescope, which has revealed the most detailed views of gamma-ray-emitting objects we’ve seen so far. We cover gamma-ray astronomy and what telescopes like Fermi can tell us about supernovae and other energetic events. Also this month, learn how to make the most out of those rare nights when conditions are perfect for astrophotography by attaching two telescopes to a single mount.
A potpourri of images shot by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showcases the planet’s astonishing diversity of landforms.
By Peter Tyson
The highest energies of the electromagnetic spectrum reveal a cosmos replete with fantastic explosions and objects.
By Lynn R. Cominsky
No matter your equipment or location, these impressive stellar collections offer something for everyone.
By Alan Whitman
Autumn nights are ideal for spotting “stars out of place.”
By Steve Daubert
Here’s a great way to boost your imaging output when conditions are favorable.
By Ronald Brecher
Beyond the Printed Page:
Use our tool to identify markings on the Red Planet.
Predict when and where geostationary satellite flares will appear in your skies.
Make your own occulting bar to observe Phobos and Deimos.
Enjoy the winning images from the International Dark-Sky Association’s photography contest.
Explore the first all-sky X-ray map to be released in 30 years using Worldwide Telescope.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
There’s something fishy going on in the October sky.
By Fred Schaaf
The Red Planet won’t be as good as this again until 2035.
By Bob King
The Red Planet’s shifting sands bring changes to the Martian landscape.
By William Sheehan
Tiny Delphinus holds a surprising variety of deep-sky objects.
By Sue French
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