It’s hit the shelves!

This year was a big one in the world of astronomy and space science. Following the detection of gravitational waves from merging black holes two years ago, the merging of neutron stars was finally detected in late 2018. This event has provided incredible insight into the origins of the Universe, as we now know that this is what created most of the heavy elements, including almost all the gold and platinum that we own! Our understanding of the physical world is about to significantly expand as scientists continue to track these events.

The 2018 New Zealand Astronomical Yearbook includes the popular monthly star charts as well as articles and editorial exploring the following topics:

  • Finally! Merging Neutron Stars Detected – The biggest astronomy news of the year which has provided a deeper understanding of how some of the heaviest elements in the Universe originally formed.
  • The end of the Cassini Mission – The spacecraft went down in blazing glory, after a brilliant mission exploring the Saturnian system.
  • The 2018 Opposition of Mars – The red planet is going to be the closest to Earth it will be for the next 17 years! Grab your telescope, it’s prime time for viewing Mars in 2018.
  • The 2017 Great American Total Solar Eclipse – It was one of the most talked about events of the year. David Britten tells us about his personal experience chasing the Sun.

The Yearbook also explores night sky of Auckland, how to spot beautiful aurora, profiles on a husband and wife astronomy team and an astrophysicist and the current space missions planned for 2018 – and that’s only naming a few of the topics covered!

The 2018 New Zealand Astronomical Yearbook is available nationwide from all major book retailers, supermarkets and the Stardome shop.2018 NZ Astronomical Yearbook