September-October 2017

Popular Astronomy
Popular Astronomy September-October 2017

Features

9 Late arrival Steve Hubbard
11 Triple stars for small telescopes with SynScan Martin Whillock
17 Cassini-Huygens: Science achievements, end of mission, and legacy Scott Edgington
21 Bring me the event horizon Steven Thomson
33 Eye on the Universe – Sixty years of the Lovell Radio Telescope Brian Faulkner
Regulars
4  Editorial Amanda Doyle
4  AstroNews Amy Tyndall
    AstroNews in brief Amanda Doyle
Staying motionless: LISA Pathfinder is a success Emma Foxell
Enceladus observations from Earth rival those of NASA Cassini Sarah Jaffa
New gravitational wave telescope inaugurated on La Palma Amy Tyndall
10  Book Reviews
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Alan Ackerley
Exploring the Planets: A Memoir Kevin McNulty
12 Telescope Topics Ian Morison
An amateur astronomer’s telescope: (3) Intermediate aperture telescopes
14 Amateur Scene Peter Wade
60 years of the Sky at Night / Sun and fun for summer specials
             Orwell survey – Members’ percentage poll /
Society has space licked / Out and about
24 Young Stargazers Robin Scagell
From the Chief Stargazer Lucie Green
AstroCrafts: Rocket on a String Alice Sheppard
Ancient stars Robin Scagell
The Cosmic Distance Ladder Kate Blackham
 
28 Citizen Science Alice Sheppard
A Minnesota meeting of citizen scientists
29 Space Exploration Jane MacArthur
New records and milestones on International Space Station /
Happy birthday, Curiosity! /Icy landslides on Ceres /
ShadowCam will fly to the Moon / Triple crater on Mars /
Planning for New Horizons / Time frame extended for possible life on Mars
Layered lake provides different microbial environments simultaneously
35 Section Reports
Meteor Tracie Heywood
Planetary Alan Clitherow
Lunar Graham Sparrow
Deep Sky David Finnigan
Solar Geoff Elston
Variable Star Tracie Heywood
43   Letters Brian M. Russell
43 The Society Pages
SPA meetings
44   Sky Diary
Moon data Mandy Bailey
Occultation notes / Meteor notes Mell Jeffery / Tracie Heywood
Planets / Variable Star notes Alan Clitherow / Tracie Heywood
46 SPA contacts
47 Showcase