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Juno what’s in this is­sue? Lots of Jupiter!

Sky at Night Magazine - - LETTER FROM THE EDITOR - PS Our next is­sue goes on sale 17 May. Chris Bram­ley Edi­tor

With mighty planet Jupiter at op­po­si­tion this month, and high­est and bright­est to see for the year, what bet­ter time to bring you up to date with the Juno mis­sion cur­rently in or­bit around it? The probe has truly rewrit­ten much of what we thought we knew about this gas gi­ant, pro­vid­ing new views of its poles, peer­ing through its vis­i­ble cloud layer deep into the in­te­rior and mea­sur­ing its fe­ro­cious mag­netic en­vi­ron­ment. Ben Evans takes a look at the Juno mis­sion on page 36, while on page 49 there’s more in the Sky Guide from Pete Lawrence on how best to see the planet and its four main moons.

For an even bet­ter view of Jupiter, the is­lands of the Ca­naries beckon. On page 72, Span­ish-based travel writer Inka Piegsa in­ves­ti­gates the best places to visit on the Ca­naries to take ad­van­tage of their unique dark skies, which have turned the three most westerly is­lands of this mid-At­lantic archipelago into a stargaz­ing Mecca.

To record the unique night skies of places like La Palma or La Gomera, it’s easier than ever to take an astropho­tog­ra­phy setup abroad with you thanks to smaller, lighter equip­ment. On page 66, Will Gater con­sid­ers how best to plan an astron­omy hol­i­day so that you and your equip­ment get where you’re go­ing with the least has­sle and the most re­ward. And, on page 94, Gary Palmer tests out the view through the lat­est short­tube re­frac­tor, which is an ideal size for pack­ing safely in carry-on lug­gage to ar­rive in­tact and ready to use on your next hol­i­day.

En­joy the is­sue!

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