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August 1999

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

The Little Stars That Couldn't

Astronomers think that brown dwarfs - those pesky objects caught between planets and stars in size - may outnumber stars by two to one.

A Brown Dwarf Contest

Fabulous prizes await the winners of ASTRONOMY's contest to come up with a more appropriate name for brown dwarfs.

Cassini's Nuclear Risk

As Cassini prepares to fly past Earth this August, the conflict rages between environmentalists who fear disaster and space explorers seeking to study Saturn.

The Spacecraft's Got Swing

Find out how NASA steals a tiny bit of a planet's energy to shoot a planetary probe deeper into space.

Virtual Astronomy

Researchers use automobile-size computers to probe the structure of the universe, stellar interiors, and the merging of neutron stars.

Lift Off!

The sight and sound of a space shuttle blasting off from Cape Canaveral is one you won't soon forget.

Kids' Corner: Casting a Shadow

With a lunar eclipse in July and a solar eclipse in August, this is a great time to explain the intricate dance among the sun, moon, and Earth that causes these spectacles.

Euro Eclipse

Here's all you need to know to get the most out of this August's total eclipse of the sun.

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