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Sky & Telescope March 2007

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Spectrum
Lost in Translation By Richard Tresch Fienberg

Letters

News Notes
Flowing Water on Today's Mars? Hubble Confirms a Cosmic Jerk, and more . . .

Mission Update
By Jonathan McDowell

75, 50 & 25 Years Ago
By Leif J. Robinson

The Supernova Menace
A nearby supernova may have lit up Earth's sky — and threatened the planet's inhabitants — 2.8 million years ago. What if the next one's even closer?
Beyond the Printed Page: View a movie of a supernova blast hitting our solar system. By Mark A. Garlick

Cosmic Code Breakers
Some of the hottest research in astronomy takes place behind the scenes, where laboratory scientists decode the messages in celestial spectra. By Daniel Wolf Savin, Benjamin J. McCall, and Kate Kirby

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Rambling Through the Skies: Minor League
It's spring training for the top of the order of constellation clones. By E. C. Krupp

Northern Hemisphere's Sky
In Praise of Pollux By Fred Schaaf

Northern Binocular Highlight
NGC 2403 in the Wilderness By Gary Seronik

Southern Binocular Highlight
A Vela Binocular Duo By Les Dalrymple

Southern Hemisphere's Sky
Sirius Blazes Forth By Greg Bryant

Sun, Moon, and Planets
Mercury Leaps Up Down Under By Fred Schaaf

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Exploring the Moon
Odd Lunar Domes By Charles A. Wood

Celestial Calendar
March's Eastern Lunar Eclipse By Alan MacRobert

Celestial Calendar
Detecting the Penumbra By Dave Weixelman

Deep-Sky Wonders
Bark with the Overdog By Sue French

Observer's Log
Tiny Planet Crosses Huge Star By Tony Flanders

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Targets
A Bundle of Wonders in Puppis By Les Darlymple

S&T Test Report: The Starry Night BlueStar Telescope Adapter
Tired of tripping over wires in the dark when opperating your Go to telescope from a laptop computer? We test a wireless solution that eliminates annoying cables. By Alan Dyer

New Product Showcase
Compact Cameras, Observatories to Go, and more . . . By Compact Cameras, Observatories to Go, and more . . .

Books & Beyond
Astronomy's Knowns and Unknowns, Picturing the Moon, and more . . .

Star Trails
My Yom Kippur Comet By David H. Levy

Event Calendar

Hobby Q&A
What is the farthest star that you can see without optical aid, and more . . .

Gallery

Index to Advertisers

Focal Point
Found in the Phases of the Moon By Brenda Currin