Author Archives: Monica Young

Monica Young

About Monica Young

Monica Young, a professional astronomer by training, is web editor of Sky & Telescope, where she creates, manages, and maintains website content, and contributes to the magazine.

Giant Magellan Telescope

The Megatelescopes are Coming

Robert Zimmerman writes in the March 2014 issue about the construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope, "demonstrating astronomical engineering of the highest order." The mammoth telescope will combine seven 8.4-meter (28-feet) mirrors into a flower-like primary with the resolving power of a mirro 24.5 meters (80 feet) wide. But the Giant Magellan Telescope isn’t...

Transiting exoplanet

Putting Exoplanets on the Scale

Astronomers have come up with a new technique for measuring an alien planet’s mass, and therefore its composition and potential habitability, even when standard methods don’t work.

Auroral activity in the UV light up Jupiter's polar regions. Similar aurora on exoplanets driven by stellar winds could be detectable in the UV or the radio.

The Radio Jove Project: Listening in on Jupiter

The January 2014 issue of Sky & Telescope features Yvette Cendes’s article on radio emission from Jupiter — and the possibility that we might soon hear similar radio signals from planets beyond our solar system. Even as astronomers race to catch the radio whispers from a hot Jupiter orbiting another star, NASA’s Radio Jove...

Comet ISON's Mars fly-by

Comet ISON to Fly By Mars

On October 1st, Comet ISON will pass closer to Mars than it ever will to Earth. The Red Planet’s rovers and orbiters are ready to send home postcards of the event.

ALMA Observatory

How ALMA Works Its Magic

In the November 2013 issue of S&T, I write about a revolutionary new telescope being built in the Chilean Atacama Desert. The Atacama Large Millimiter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) explores a little-known region of the electromagnetic spectrum, waves that are longer than the farthest infrared but shorter than radio waves. Submillimeter/millimeter waves come from frigid gas...