Free Astronomy Magazine – September-October 2019 Issue Available For Reading And Download

Above: Yup, Leo might be on to something. A Leonid Kulik photo of a small snippet of the Tunguska aftermath.

The most recent issue of Free Astronomy Magazine (September-October 2019) is available for your reading and downloading pleasure at (click the link to go directly to the issue).

With an excellent two-part feature (1 and 2) celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing now in publication history, FAM returns to its regularly-scheduled programming of excellent original content and selected reports from the planet's leading astronomy and space science institutions.

The science highlight for me this month is the article "The early days of the Milky Way revealed by Gaia," for which those with access can read the journal article at "Uncovering the birth of the Milky Way through accurate stellar ages with Gaia."

For those wanting a quick look at what the issue has to offer, the Table of Contents is reproduced below.

September-October 2019

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Jump right to the PDF download (20 MB): September-October 2019

Apollo Special Part 2! Free Astronomy Magazine – July-August 2019 Issue Available For Reading And Download

Above: Neil Armstrong taking a photo of Buzz Aldrin on the Moon(!), with Armstrong in the helmet reflection, with Buzz in the helmet reflection helmet reflection, and Armstrong in the helmet reflection helmet reflection helmet reflection… And Michael Collins. Image courtesy NASA Public Domain.

A closing quote in praise of the 400,000-ish NASA employees and contractors who made the Apollo missions and, by connection, all future missions possible:

"We would like to give special thanks to all those Americans who built the spacecraft; who did the construction, design, the tests, and put their hearts and all their abilities into those craft. To those people tonight, we give a special thank you, and to all the other people that are listening and watching tonight, God bless you. Good night from Apollo 11." – Neil Armstrong

As part of that anniversary celebration, Michele Ferrara at Free Astronomy Magazine has worked up an excellent two-parter on the mission itself, starting with a massive article and image spread in the May-June 2019 issue (see My Announcement) and finishing in the July-August 2019 issue being announced in this post.

My upcoming NASA Solar System Ambassador lectures will be leaning heavily on both the great insights and wonderful image selections in this two-parter series, all in the hopes of having quality slides prepped and ready to go when it comes time to celebrate the 100th.

And, as always, the rest of the issue is filled with other excellent mission and astronomy/astrophysics updates.

Also, as always, please download, read, and pass along. Also, check out the many back issues at | Direct PDF

Click the Table of Contents image above for a full-size view. Or just go get the magazine.