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May 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

What Happened Before the Big Bang?

Join theorists as they probe the "multiverse" that may have spawned our universe, and many others.

White Dwarfs Confront the Universe

Dying stars as massive as the Sun but no bigger than Earth are helping astronomers zero in on the age of the universe.

The Giant Holes of the Moon

The Clementine spacecraft's study of ancient lunar basins revealed new features and showed how the biggest impacts churned up rocks buried deep in the crust.

Sky Almanac

May offers Venus shining brilliantly at dusk, a pair of bright asteroids, and an occultation of Comet Hale-Bopp by the Moon.

The Star Partier's Guide to Summer

There's no better way to enjoy your hobby than to share in the excitement and camaraderie awaiting you at this summer's star parties.

Observing to the Edge

Our detailed charts will have you viewing Pluto in no time.

Meet the Milky Way

From naked-eye star clouds to telescopic challenges, the summer Milky Way offers something for every observer.

The Starsplitter Compact

These Dobsonians proved rugged and remarkably portable.

A Comet Crap Shoot

Comet Hyakutake should put on a sterling show this spring.

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