The Discussion: Jeni’s returns from her South African research using the Infrared Survey Facility telescope, Paul calls time on the Principia Mission and we go through a couple of readers emails to discuss Caroline Herschel, the Woomera Test Range and Australian space funding.
The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month we have:
- Is there any evidence for other universes in the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation?
- An update on Tabby’s Star (It’s NOT an alien megastructure).
- Are we already creating our own defence against Coronal Mass Ejections by chance?
- A run through NASA’s 2018 budget proposal
The Interview: This month we speak to former test pilot and astronaut – and one of only 6 remaining people to have walked on the moon – General Charlie Duke.
Practical Astronomy: The Hat of Woo takes a rest this month as we introduce an occasional look into areas of interest to the practical amateur astronomer with topics requested by you. This month we take a look at an essential piece of kit suggested by Sean Smith from Dublin: eyepieces.