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October 2003

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.

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The long goodbye

After eight fruitful years of exploring Jupiter and its moons, the Galileo spacecraft makes a final flyby of Amalthea before plunging into the planet's atmosphere.

Style & substance

The Orion Nebula is the Great White Way of the sky - it's the nearest place where big stars are born. Find out what astronomers are learning about this bustling stellar district.

The outsider

Columbia University astronomer David Helfand is out to change the way science is done. And that means stepping on some pretty big toes.

Tucana and Hydrus

If the star clusters and nebulae of the Milky Way aren't enough to satisfy your deep-sky desires, the Toucan and Little Water Snake offer some extragalactic treats as well.

The Straight Wall

The Straight Wall is one of the most observed features on the Moon. This area, however, offers a number of other interesting highlights just waiting to be seen.

Stars on the stars

Celebrities generally use mirrors for self-reflection, but we found music, sports, and television stars who also use mirrors (and lenses) to scan the skies.

Off-axis vision

The special characteristics of this telescope put it in a class by itself. Discover if this is the best of both worlds as ASTRONOMY reviews the DGM OA-3.6ATS.

Simple telescopic shooting

Visual observing is great, but perhaps you'd like to capture images of what you see. Use this fact-filled guide to cross over into the realm of astrophotography.

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