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April 1997

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

Carl Sagan Remembered

Reflections on the scientist's career.

Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of Fire

Newborn stars create a fierce wind in the galaxy M82.

When Neutron Stars Collide

A burst of gamma rays could signal the merger of two neutron stars - and perhaps wipe out all life within 3,000 light-years.

Playing Cosmology's Wild Card

A cosmological constant could boost the universe's age.

Tell Time by the Big Dipper

On a clear night, don't even bother wearing a wristwatch.

Sky Almanac

Mercury's at its best for the year, but it's overshadowed by the brilliant duo of Mars and Hale-Bopp.

Hale-Bopp's Grand Finale

The great comet of '97 glows brightly as it passes the sun.

Discover the Spring Sky

A 2- to 6-inch scope reveals the wonders of the season.

From Russia with Love

Enjoy superb images with these Maksutov-Cassegrains.

Observing Gas Clouds in Galaxies

A big scope pulls in HII regions beyond the Milky Way.

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