Sky & Telescope - June 2020 - 2

CONTENTS

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ASTRONOMY

June 2020

VOL. 139, NO. 6

FEATURES

14

A Galaxy-Hop Around M101
Join the author as he explores
the Pinwheel Galaxy and surrounding objects. By Alan Whitman

22 Treasures of the
Sharpless Catalog

Cover Story:
34 China Launches to
Center Stage
A bold series of successful and
proposed missions are catapulting
China to prominence in space.
By Andrew Jones

22

OBSERVING
41

June's Sky at a Glance
By Diana Hannikainen

42

Lunar Almanac & Sky Chart

30

Explore Scientific's FirstLight
8-inch Dobsonian
By Ken Hewitt-White

COLUMNS / DEPARTMENTS
43 Binocular Highlight
By Mathew Wedel

4

Spectrum
By Peter Tyson

44

Planetary Almanac

6

From Our Readers

45

Under the Stars
By Fred Schaaf

7

75, 50 & 25 Years Ago
By Roger W. Sinnott

46

Sun, Moon & Planets
By Fred Schaaf

8

News Notes

66 Exploring the Deep Sky
with Video

48

Celestial Calendar
By Bob King

With a little tech, you can see
farther and share the view.
By Rod Mollise

52

Exploring the Moon
By Charles A. Wood

58 Stellar Archaeology
Astronomers are illuminating the
universe's early days by studying
chemical patterns in the oldest
stars. By Brian Ventrudo

54 Deep-Sky Wonders
By Sue French

ON THE COVER

China's Long March 5
rocket launches from
Hainan Province.
PHOTO: JOHN SHI

57 Books by S&T Authors
71

New Product Showcase

72 Astronomer's Workbench
By Jerry Oltion
74

Gallery

84

Focal Point
By Joe Ulowetz

ONLINE

FOR BEGINNERS
Find advice, free resources, and
ways to grow your interest into a
lifelong passion.
skyandtelescope.org/letsgo

2

S&T TEST REPORT

MONTHLY SKY PODCAST
Listen as we guide you through
this month's celestial sights.
Great for those learning how
to navigate the night sky!
skyandtelescope.org/podcasts

INTERACTIVE SKY CHART
Find out what the sky looks like for
your time and place. You can also
print the chart as a handout.
skyandtelescope.org/
interactive-sky-chart

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