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Australian Sky & Telescope April 2019

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Australian Sky & Telescope April 2019
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Australia's magazine for amateur astronomers

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Here’s what you’ll find in the April 2019 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine. 


  • Titan’s veil — Saturn’s largest moon has all the chemical ingredients for life as we know it.
  • The Ultima Thule flyby — The leader of NASA’s New Horizons mission describes its historic New Year’s Day encounter.
  • Spinning through space — Space observatories that spin have made some of the greatest discoveries.
  • Placing the Pleiades — Data from the Gaia mission solves a controversy about the distance to this famous star cluster.
  • Explaining Algol — How John Goodricke and Edward Pigott discovered and interpreted a new variable star.
  • Starfish & stragglers — Recreate Charles Messier’s historic discovery of a striking star cluster.
  • The Herschel hunt — Are you up for the ultimate deep sky observing challenge?


  • Binocular highlight — Spot this star cluster that’s fit for a queen.
  • Under the stars — Sail with the Argonauts in the sky, as we explore three constellations.
  • Planets — Watch as the Moon ‘swallows’ Saturn on April 25.
  • Meteors — The old faithful Eta Aquariids meteor shower is back.
  • Variable stars — Four easy and fascinating stars to find in the same field.
  • Comets — Tales of cometary anti-tails and shadows.
  • Deep sky — Get to know the Hydra I Galaxy Cluster.
  • The Moon — Spot the lunar volcanic features reveal our neighbour’s ancient history.


  • Test report — Explore the Sun with Daystar’s Solar Scout 60C hydrogen-alpha telescope.
  • Astronomer’s workbench — Make a simple telescope out of plastic buckets!
  • Night life — Plenty of events and activities for astronomy enthusiasts.
  • Telescope care — In part 1 of our series on how to take care of your Newtonian, we show you how to wash and clean mirrors.

…and much more.

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