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Sky & Telescope November 2006

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Spectrum
Pluto Doesn't Care By Richard Tresch Fienberg

Letters

News Notes
A Trip Through a Star, Hot, Heavy, and Highly Eccentric, and more. . .

Mission Update
By Jonathan McDowell

50 & 25 Years Ago
By Leif J. Robinson

Spotlight On . . . The Perseus Double Cluster
One of the night sky's most photogenic objects refuses to yield all its secrets. By Kenneth James

The Most Dangerous Asteroid Ever Found
Astronomers worry that the recently discovered asteroid Apophis could crash into Earth later this century. By Daniel D. Durda

Losing It in Prague: The Inside Story of Pluto's Demotion
A retrospective on the raucous process by which the world's astronomers defined the word "planet." By Owen Gingerich

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Rambling Through the Skies: The Transit Business
Mercury has a head for business and a bod for speed. By E. C. Krupp

Northern Hemisphere's Sky
Sauntering Among the Stars By Fred Schaaf

Northern Binocular Highlight
Star-Mist Cluster NGC 7789 By Gary Seronik

Southern Binocular Highlight
The Queen of Globulars By Les Dalrymple

Southern Hemisphere's Sky
Renamed and Reborn By Greg Bryant

Sun, Moon, and Planets
A Transit of Mercury, and More By Fred Schaaf

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Exploring the Moon
Imbrium Mayhem By Charles A. Wood

Celestial Calendar
The November 8–9 Transit of Mercury By Alan MacRobert

Celestial Calendar
Leonid Meteors: A Last Hurrah? By Joe Rao

Celestial Calendar
A Binocular Comet for Fall By Greg Bryant

Eye on the Sky
The Sound of Silence By Stephen James O'Meara

Deep-Sky Wonders
Sovereign Splendors By Sue French

S&T Test Report:
Celestron's SkyScout
A hand-held gizmo that identifies celestial objects? Luke Skywalker probably owns one, and now, thanks to Celestron, so can you. By Dennis di Cicco

New Product Showcase
"IS" Astrographs, Heavy-Duty Scope Covers, Megapixel CCD Camera, and more . . .

Books & Beyond
An Astrobiological Twist on Taxonomy, America's Astronomy King, and more . . .

Astronomy Online
Singularity Sensation By Stuart J. Goldman

The Astronomy Scene
A New Vision for an Old Society By Pamela L. Gay

Event Calendar

Star Trails
Falling Free By David H. Levy

Hobby Q&A
Where can I find a small, portable sidereal clock? Would any constellations be recognizable from another star? and more . . .

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Astrophotography
Going Deep with a DSLR By Chuck Vaughn

Gallery

Index to Advertisers

Focal Point
When to Say When By Garth Sundem