Astronomy May 2005

Astronomy May 2005

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COVER STORY
Stellar archaeology
Star clusters within the Milky Way come in two forms — open and globular. Now, some astronomers suspect they are related. FRANCIS REDDY

INTERVIEW
Space Buzz
Apollo 11 Moon-walker Buzz Aldrin talks about the future of space flight.

PLANETARY SCIENCE
Vagabond moons
Around each gas-giant planet orbit dozens of small moons born elsewhere. These far-ranging bodies are beginning to give scientists clues to the dark corners of the solar system. DAN DURDA AND DOUG HAMILTON

DEEP-SKY OBSERVING
A spiral masterpiece
Near the end of the Big Dipper’s handle lurks M101, a delightful celestial pinwheel. ALAN GOLDSTEIN

MOON OBSERVER’S NOTEBOOK
Sail a hidden sea
Not all of the Moon’s “seas” are easily visible. Some lie beneath the lunar plains, covered by debris from later impacts. ROBERT BURNHAM

SOLAR SYSTEM OBSERVING
Small eyes on the sky
You’ll be surprised by the great images you can create with a small telescope and webcam. DAMIAN A. PEACH

PROFILE
The sky’s knight
British amateur astronomer Sir Patrick Moore has inspired generations of people to look up. WILLIAN SHEEHAN

EQUIPMENT REVIEW
The big easy
This large scope by StarStructure offers high-quality optics in a lightweight package. ANTHONY NELSON



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