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February 2000

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

Scoping out the Monster Star

Normal stars don't double in brightness in a year's time, but then Eta Carinae is no ordinary star.

Raising Lunar Prospects

When Lunar Prospector crashed last July, it ended a 19-month mission that mapped the moon's gravity, probed its interior, and spotted signs of water ice.

Destination Moon

Gene Shoemaker, who deduced that impacts helped to shape our solar system, wanted to be the first scientist to visit the moon. Now his ashes have made it there.

As Time Goes By

Some may say that space is the final frontier, but those in the know think its kissing cousin - time - plays just as big a cosmic role.

Capture the Sky on a CCD

In the first of a series about digital imaging, ASTRONOMY explores what you need to know to get started in this exciting field.

Celestial Portraits: Puppis

Rich starfields peppered with brilliant open clusters and colorful planetary nebulae help make the stern of the great ship Argo a deep-sky observer's delight.

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