Sky & Telescope January 2009

FEATURED ARTICLES

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The Race to Find Alien Earths
No longer are planet hunters just turning up giant Jupiters and Neptunes around other stars. They're now collecting weird super-Earths. And the first actual Earth-size worlds are probably just a few years away.
By Camille M. Carlisle

Hot Products for 2009
Our 11th annual roundup of Hot Products highlights the most intriguing new astronomy gear in the worldwide market.
By the Editors of Sky & Telescope

The Year to Celebrate Astronomy
We aim to inspire the world to reflect upon and participate in astronomy throughout 2009. And you can help. Download the article for free.
By Catherine Cesarsky, Pedro Russo, & Lars Indberg Christensen

BEYOND THE PRINTED PAGE

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The Brightest Burst
S&T editor in chief Robert Naeye talks to article authors Judith Racusin and Derek Fox about the international effort to analyze the most powerful gamma-ray burst ever seen.
By Robert Naeye

Hunting for Exoplanets
Exoplanet researchers Sara Seager and Dimitar Sasselov discuss their exciting work with S&T editors Robert Naeye and Alan MacRobert.
By Robert Naeye & Alan MacRobert

Galaxy Archaeology with Amateurs
Astrophotographer R. Jay GaBany discusses how his images became of interest to professional astronomers with S&T Imaging Editor Sean Walker.
By Sean Walker

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

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Cosmic Relief
Through the Glass, Darkly?
By David Grinspoon

Telescope Workshop
Pushing Glass
By Gary Seronik

Celestial Calendar
Quadrantid Meteor Shower
By Alan MacRobert

Table of Contents
See what else January's issue has to offer.