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December 2008

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

Scientists unearth ancient impact's secrets

A giant meteorite struck Earth 1.8 billion years ago, creating Sudbury Basin. What does this event tell us about early Earth?

How the Sun will die

When Sun-like stars exhaust their fuel, they cast off shells of gas, creating colorful fireworks.

How life could thrive on hostile worlds

Extreme organisms on Earth show us just how weird life elsewhere could be.

Web extra: See extremophiles on Earth

Watch a video of the ecosystem along the hydrothermal vents of the Galápagos Rift.

Astroimaging over ancient Greece

A Mediterranean astrophotographer frames celestial portraits with millennia-old ruins.

Web extra: Great shots from modern Greece

Anthony Ayiomamitis shares 10 more of his celestial images.

Meade's LX90-ACF eliminates coma

High portability, easy setup, and high-quality optics make this scope a winner.

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Beautiful universe
Bob Berman's strange universe
Stephen James O'Meara's secret sky
News
The sky this month
Glenn Chaple's observing basics
Phil Harrington's binocular universe

It's a Wonderful Star

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