January/February 2013

January/February 2013

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Top 10 Sky Sights

The prospects of two bright comets highlight the coming year in the sky. ALAN DYER

Beam Me Up

Rays from a colourful aurora, the cloud belts of the planet king and a neighbouring spiral galaxy round out this collection of outstanding reader contributions.

Jupiter shines high and bright

The giant planet adorns Taurus in our winter sky. ALAN DYER

A Brief history of the Stars of Orion

The brightest stars of most constellations typically have a wide range of age and distance. Orion is one of the exceptions. Its prominent stars are physically related. GLENN LeDREW

Mountains of the moon

While real Moon mountains are named after their earthly counterparts, they’re the product of a dramatically different process. Gary Seronik

Update on the Search for Earth-like planets

Recent developments keep this cutting-edge quest a hot topic. TERENCE DICKINSON

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