Sky & Telescope Errata: 2017

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The editors of Sky & Telescope make every effort to provide accurate information, but errors do sometimes slip through. We correct all mistakes online as well as printing corrections in the magazine. So if you see something questionable in the magazine, check to see if it's a known problem.

This article lists all known errors in issues of Sky & Telescope for 2017. See also the errata listings for previous years.

January 2017

Page 5: Laszlo Sturmann's reply should read, in part, "Think of the Meade objective as a very long focal-length 'eyepiece' that, just like any other eyepiece, forms a real image of the entrance pupil of the telescope."

Page 6: The letter titled "Moonstruck" by Vahe Sahakian also appears in the December 2016 issue and was inadvertently repeated.

Page 6: The comment about the siege of Leningrad should note that valuable items at Pulkovo Observatory were moved prior to the Germans' (not Russians') assault.

Pages 11 & 84: AR Scorpii is not the first pulsing white dwarf, as the titles suggest. Instead, it represents the first known white dwarf binary with pulsar-like outbursts.

Page 66: Eli Maor's article about the 1925 total solar eclipse observed from New York City includes an image of the Empire State Building, which was not built until 1930–31.

February 2017

Page 29: The amount of dirt and stone removed for the FAST radio telescope was 900,000 cubic meters, not nearly 1 cubic km as stated in the bottom caption.

Page 66: The reference star used as an aid to spotting NGC 1954 is 8 Lep, not 8 Lac.

March 2017

Page 27: In the log-log plot of planets discovered by Kepler, the y-axis should not start at zero.

Page 30: Although not stated, the large image is a composite of a summertime Milky Way with a winter foreground scene.

Page 54: The brightest star in the "Sailboat" asterism is 22 Leonis Minoris (not 22 Leo Minoris).

April 2017

Front cover: The illustration of Curiosity on the Martian surface is reversed left-right. (The instrumented arm is actually mounted on the rover's front-left corner.)

Page 29: The Umbrella Galaxy is NGC 4651, not NGC 4641 as noted in the caption.

Page 43: The two open clusters in Cancer are M44 and M67 (not M26 as noted in the text).

May 2017

Page 70: The load-carrying capacity of the Vixen Polarie Star Tracker is 7 pounds (not 3½).