Above: Arguably one of the most stunning images ever produced in astrophotography. Orion, with on-again/off-again Betelgeuse oriented here in the upper right corner and brilliant orange, taken and processed by Rogelio Bernal Andreo in October, 2010.
Regular readers may remember Betelgeuse as the focus of the September-October 2020 issue, when, deep in the throes of COVID, the safest/sanest thing to do was to stay home and read. Every fit and spurt out of this soon-to-be-former-red supergiant may lead all interested parties to ponder if we will be the narrow band of generations to witness what might be the greatest show this part of the Milky Way will offer homo sapiens. Unlike the same fleeting game between celebrities and paparazzi, the imminent demise of Betelgeuse as a red supergiant will be an event that will mark a permanent change in the world, captured for posterity by amateur and professional astronomers alike (if such professions still exist as technology outpaces us) and recorded with far greater detail than those supernovae that have already traveled over recorded millennia, including those of 185, 393, 1006, 1054, 1181, 1572, 1604, and 1987 A.D.
Above: Domaine du Météore ("Meteor Domain" Winery) in the department (a term used here to define a governmental region) of Hérault in the south of France, the bucolic post-aftermath of what is believed to be one of a number of impact craters in the region. Photo by Frank Brenker, Goethe University Frankfurt.
This issue features a tale of astronomical history (and maybe resolution with recent scientific work) that you can experience for yourself beyond simply taking the photons in (a rarity in astronomy). Discussing what is quite arguably an impact crater put to excellent, excellent use in France, one take-away from this cover story about Le Clot Crater is the reminder of how weather and plate tectonics work to slowly but surely reshape Earth's surface (check out the moon in binoculars for the alternative). This discovery of a more recent impact and its current use are both nice catches (both by the Earth and by the scientists who recognized the oddity of the topography and geology of the area).
Besides the usual excellent original work by our leader Michele Ferrara, this issue is a clear indicator (at least, to the tastes of Michele in selecting content to feature and present) of the way in which the James Webb Space Telescope has made a massive impression (no pun intended) on the work other organizations are writing up and highlighting for public consumption. Much, much more featuring to follow (how does one keep track of all this stuff?!).