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Sky & Telescope November 2007

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Spectrum
Pluto on My Mind By Richard Tresch Fienberg

Letters

News Notes
Catching Orion's Bullets, Ancient Volcanic Vents on Mars?, Earth's Temporary Moon, and more ...

Mission Update
By Jonathan McDowell

50 & 25 Years Ago
By Leif J. Robinson

Solar Forecast: Storm Ahead
Our star is prone to powerful outbursts — and solar physicists wish they could predict when the next one will come. By C. Renee James

A Bigger Bang
White-dwarf stars always seemed to blow themselves to bits with the same splashy fireworks. Then Supernova 2003fg broke the rules.
Beyond the Printed Page: Simulating a Type Ia Supernova By David S. Stevenson

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Rambling Through the Skies: Altaring Direction
Ceremony and sacrifice inspired cultures to stoke a pyre in the sky. By E. C. Krupp

Northern Hemisphere's Sky
A Constellation Not Like Orion By Fred Schaaf

Northern Binocular Highlight
Draco Doubles By Gary Seronik

Southern Binocular Highlight
The Fly's Globular By Les Dalrymple

Southern Hemisphere's Sky
Changes in Scorpius By Greg Bryant

Sun, Moon, and Planets
Planet Pair Widens in Twilight By Fred Schaaf

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Exploring the Moon
Oblique Impacts By Charles A. Wood

Celestial Calendar
Help Track a Fast Eclipsing Binary By Alan MacRobert

Celestial Calendar
Outer Planets in 2007 By Roger W. Sinnott

Deep-Sky Wonders
Heavenly Hero By Sue French

S&T Test Report: Tele Vue's Flagship Imaging System
At the request of astrophographers, Tele Vue modified its line of premium apochromatic refractors, making them more imaging friendly. We test the 127-millimeter (5-inch) f/5.2 model to see if the company achieved its goal. By Dennis di Cicco

S&T Test Report Dioptrx: Prescription for Perfection
Thanks to this nifty little eyepiece accessory from Tele Vue, observers with astigmatism no longer have to wear eyeglasses while looking through a telescope. By Dennis di Cicco

Books & Beyond
Two New Deep-Sky Guides, One-Stop Planetary Shopping, and more ...

Star Trails
New Friends in New Zealand By David H. Levy

Event Calendar

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Backyard Basics
Observing Logbooks: How and Why By Paul Markov

Hobby Q&A
Why aren't stars and planets more colorful in my telescope? Many celestial objects are named after people. Who is Stock? and more ...

Gallery
Astrophotos from Our Readers

Index to Advertisers

Focal Point
Waiting for the Big One By Sten Odenwald