Seven Decades of Astronomy at Your Fingertips

August 16, 2010

Contact:
Dennis di Cicco, Senior Editor, Sky & Telescope
  617-864-7360 x2142, ddicicco@SkyandTelescope.com


Humanity’s understanding of astronomy has changed profoundly across the past 68 years. Now, scientists, journalists, and astronomy enthusiasts can quickly and easily follow the course of astronomical discovery and space exploration using a new DVD digital archive, containing every printed page of Sky & Telescope magazine from the first issue in November 1941 through the end of 2009.

Seventy years and 69,792 fully searchable pages of Sky & Telescope fit in a small, lightweight boxed set. Click for larger image.
Sky & Telescope
“The Complete Sky & Telescope: Seven Decade Collection” consists of 10 DVD-ROMs, one each for the first four decades, and two DVDs each for the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Another CD-ROM provides a single fully searchable index for every word of the entire archive. Users can also search for articles or references within a given decade by a smaller index on that decade's DVD.

“We have been thinking about this DVD boxed set for years, and we’re thrilled that it has become a reality,” says Sky & Telescope editor in chief Robert Naeye. “This digital archive will be an invaluable resource not only for professional and amateur astronomers, but also for journalists, historians, and teachers.”

The DVD archive contains 818 monthly issues of Sky & Telescope consisting of 69,792 pages. The archive is both PC and Mac compatible. It is easy to use; a mouse click flips a page like a real magazine. The pages also have zoom and scroll functions. They can be easily printed, and color photos and illustrations appear in their full glory. The archive includes all advertisements (most of which are searchable), making it easy to follow trends in the telescope industry.

“The back issues of Sky & Telescope are a real-time history of 20th-century astronomy and space exploration. There are thousands of timeless pages devoted to making and using telescopes, and thousands more on observing,” says S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco, who has worked at the magazine since 1974. “Pick any topic of interest to amateur astronomers, and you’ll likely find more pages about it in the S&T archive than in any book.”

“This is a virtual universe of knowledge and a permanent archive to fuel your passion for astronomy and space flight,” says Naeye.

Note for journalists: Sky & Telescope is offering journalists the same special discount on the boxed set that it is offering subscribers. Journalists can order the archive for $249, a $50 discount on the retail price, by visiting skyandtelescope.com/collection or by calling 800-253-0230 and citing the promotional code SKYAA when ordering.

Print-quality image of the archive.


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Sky Publishing (a New Track Media company) was founded in 1941 by Charles A. Federer Jr. and Helen Spence Federer, the original editors of Sky & Telescope magazine. In addition to Sky & Telescope and SkyandTelescope.com, the company publishes two annuals (Beautiful Universe and SkyWatch), as well as books, star atlases, posters, prints, globes, and other fine astronomy products.

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