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December 2001

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

Launching a Caravan to Mars

By early next year, Mars 2001 Odyssey should reach orbit and begin returning detailed information on the chemical makeup of the martian surface.

Seeing Through an Unblinking Eye

The IKONOS satellite looks not into space but rather focuses on Earth. Its electronic eye delivers richly detailed images unlike any seen before.

From Here to Eternity

An accelerating universe means a future far different from what astronomers once thought. Luckily, we live at the best time for learning what's in store.

Listening for E.T.

Meet Kent Cullers, the SETI Institute radio astronomer who tells computers how to distinguish alien signals.

Painting the Universe

Chesley Bonestell's dramatic paintings gave many people their first taste of what distant planets and the far universe might look like.

Celestial Portraits: Cepheus and Lacerta

High in the northern sky on autumn evenings, the King and the Lizard play host to some of the sky's best star clusters and emission nebulae.

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