Planetary nebulae are some of the most marvelous observing sights in the night sky. But what creates their strange, varied shapes? Contributing editor Robert Zimmerman explores the still-mysterious origins of these gaseous sculptures in the November 2014 issue’s cover story, “Spider Webs in Space.” The issue also previews the next three years’ total solar eclipses, including the long-anticipated Great American Eclipse, which will stretch its path of totality across the continental United States. While you’re making your observing plans, don’t forget to check out autumn’s galaxy trios and our solar system’s ice giants.
Spider Webs in Space
Astronomers are still puzzled by how stars create the bizarre variety of planetary nebulae in our galaxy.
By Robert Zimmerman
A Trio of Total Solar Eclipses
The next three years each offer a chance to view one of nature’s greatest spectacles.
By Fred Espenak & Jay Anderson
A Star Walk for Everyone
This project aims to protect the night sky by turning people’s eyes
to the stars.
By Karoline Mrazek & Erwin Matys
Observing Autumn Galaxy Trios
Good things often come in threes.
By Ted Forte
The science cartoonist Sidney Harris describes his sources
By Sidney Harris
Beyond the Printed Page
Sky & Telescope 2016 and 2017 Eclipse Tours
Whether or not you have previously seen a total eclipse, you won't want to miss out on these.
Dwarf Galaxies Packed a Mighty Punch by Shannon Hall
Light from the puniest galaxies played a bigger role in shaping the early universe than previously thought.
How to Orbit a Comet European Space Agency, ESA
Watch a video of the Rosetta spacecraft's planned orbit around its comet.
Lunar Librations by Sean Walker
Librations and other lunar data for November 2014.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
A Realm of the Ice Giants
Track down the outermost planets this month.
By Richard Jakiel
A Meeting of the Waters
Aquarius hosts one great planetary nebula and some fascinating galaxies.
By Sue French
Table of Contents
See what else November's issue has to offer.