From the June 2019 issue

Flirting with futility

Some phenomena can be challenging to find, but well worth the effort.
By | Published: June 19, 2019 | Last updated on May 18, 2023

With sky observing, as in most things, success is more satisfying than failure. If you want to show people Saturn’s rings, there is no upside to turbulent air blurring those rings into an incoherent mess. So why attempt an observation whose chance of success is negligible?

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