The past decade has seen an explosion of giant optical telescopes, which have started to change the way we see the universe. — William Schomaker
Gone are the days of lone a astronomers toiling in remote observatories. While some still a prefer to go it alone, research groups are getting larger, a and the stakes are getting higher.
— Steve Nadis
Catch a celestial tango
The universe is littered with the strange wreckage of colliding galaxies — explosive structures that illuminate Nature’s violent dance. — Pamela L. Gay
Can minorities break astronomy’s glass ceiling?
Members of the AAS Minorities Committee talk with Astronomy editors about their continuing efforts to be recognized.
Dozens of Coma-Virgo galaxy cluster members and Messier objects are among the deep-sky wonders that decorate Berenice’s Hair. — Tom Polakis
May offers a double dose for eclipse watchers, with a total lunar eclipse followed by an annular eclipse of the Sun two weeks later. Find out how to get the best seat in the house for both events. — Martin Ratcliffe
The STV: Video camera, CCD, or autoguider?
Easier than three instruments, faster than your old desktop. It’s a CCD. It’s a video camera. No, wait: It’s the STV multipurpose camera by Santa Barbara Instrument Group. — David Healy
Eclipses and transits
Three celestial showstoppers occur this month — a lunar and a solar eclipse, and a transit of Mercury across the Sun.
— Phil Harrington
SkyQuest: Easy exploring
Make observing a simple joy again. Orion’s SkyQuest Dobs provide an easy and affordable way to explore the heavens.
— Glenn Chaple
High-power twin optics
Giant binoculars reveal a universe of detail by fully utilizing the factory-installed human optical system. — Phil Harrington
Astronomy, 2003, May