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December 1996

The world's best-selling astronomy magazine offers you the most exciting, visually stunning, and timely coverage of the heavens above. Each monthly issue includes expert science reporting, vivid color photography, complete sky coverage, spot-on observing tips, informative telescope reviews, and much more! All this in an easy-to-understand, user-friendly style that's perfect for astronomers at any level.

Features

To Kill a Galaxy

The Milky Way is ripping apart a small companion galaxy.

The Lone Astronomer: Gerard de Vaucouleurs

Meet a man who helped shape our ideas about the size and age of the universe, and the Milky Way Galaxy's place in it.

Wish Upon a Star

The Space Station could play a big role in astronomy research.

WIYN Is a Winner

Its 3.5-meter mirror may not be the biggest in the world, but this new telescope really delivers.

Sky Almanac

Geminid meteors peak under a dark sky, highlighting a month that sees Comet Hale-Bopp grace the evening sky.

Star Maps Are a Gazer's Best Friend

Find your way around the sky like an old pro with the right atlas.

Observing Hickson Galaxy Groups

Hunt down these compact groups with a modest-sized scope.

Piece-by-Piece Astrophotography

CCD cameras capture only tiny pieces of the sky, but mosaicking lets you easily create beautiful wide-field images.

Exploring Sinus Medii

A small region offers big rewards for lunar observers.

The Galaxy from Within

A stunning fish-eye photo captures the Milky Way's glory.

Catch a Fleeting Asteroid

Toutatis brightens to magnitude 10.5 as it speeds past Earth.

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