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