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November/December 2013
Volume 9.  Number 8.  Issue 73

COVER STORY

The Great Supernova Race
In the effort to discover exploding stars, professionals have taken the lead, but amateurs have managed to stay in the game.
By Robert Zimmerman

NEWS & FEATURES 

News Notes

  • Weakest Solar Cycle
  • Dead Stars Colliding
  • Far-out Exoplanet Imaged

and more...

5 Years Ago
By Greg Bryant

Discoveries
So Many Firsts
By David Ellyard

Astronomy in Review
Last July saw the Monash Centre for Astrophysics host the annual gathering of the Astronomical Society of Australia.
By Hauke Worpel and Tanya Hill

The Narrabri Stellar Intensity Interferometer
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the first observations made with the Narrabri Stellar Intensity Interferometer.
By Bill Tango, Roy Allen, and John O'Byrne

 

PRODUCTS & REVIEWS

AS&T Test Report - SBIG's New STT-8300 Camera
A redesign brings state-of-the-art features to SBIG's new STT line of astronomical cameras.
By Dennis di Cicco

New Product Showcase


OBSERVING & EXPLORING

In This Section

Binocular Highlight
Triangulum's Treasure
By Gary Seronik

Tonight's Sky
Eyes on Andromeda
By Greg Bryant

Sun, Moon, and Planets
Brilliant Venus
By Greg Bryant

Celestial Calendar
Comet ISON At Its Brightest
By David Seargent

Celestial Calendar
U Tucanae
By Alan Plummer

Exploring The Moon
Close-up of an Alien World
By Alan MacRobert

Double Star Notes
Angling for Doubles
By Ross Gould

Targets
The Age of Aquarius
By Sue French

ACTIVITIES & PEOPLE

Eyepieces: Windows on the Universe
Understanding the basics will help you select from the cornucopia of modern eyepieces.
By Alan French

Houston, We Have a Problem
Sometimes the most famous words are those never spoken.
By Dave English

Chasing Totality from the Stratosphere
Braving the Australian Outback, an international amateur team launched a balloon to catch last November's solar eclipse.
By Catalin Beldea and Joe Cali

Telescope Workshop
Getting Started
By Gary Seronik

Books & Beyond
A New Lunar Atlas for a New Century.
By Gary Seronik

Gallery

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

Spectrum
How Lucky We Are
By Greg Bryant

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Index to Advertisers

Focal Point
Cat-astrophic Observing Session
By Henry G. Stratmann