This 132-page special edition features the ultimate 35-page observing guide for 2009, including sky charts and information on the planets, moon, deep sky objects and more, to keep you busy throughout the year.
We review all of the biggest news stories from the great supernova controversy and the Large Hadron Collider to Phoenix on Mars and the dark Universe, and we look to future missions such as Kepler and the Mars Science Laboratory, destined to fill the news throughout 2009.
In depth articles cover all aspects of astronomy, this year including previews of over half a dozen International Year of Astronomy events and projects, from the Telescopes for Schools initiative to dark skies awareness, and how astronomical societies can do their bit. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 and 12 missions, we also talk exclusively to Apollo 12 astronaut Captain Alan Bean.
In our reviews section we look at the best astronomical books of the year and preview a selection of desirable telescopes and accessories that will be available in 2009. And in between all that we have picture highlights of the year including the eclipse 2008 picture special, an extensive jargon buster, details of AstroFest 2009 and a full index of Astronomy Now articles from 2007 to June 2008.