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Popular Astronomy Magazine - January-February 2018
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September-October 2017


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
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


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