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Jan 19, 2014

A special free-to-read digital edition containing 10 of our very best feature articles on the science and applications of light

In depth: March 2009


Brave new worlds

The abundance of Earth-like planets will be determined in the next five years, with profound implications for the prevalence of life in the universe. Alan Boss describes the coming revolution in extrasolar planetology

Up close and personal

Mark Williamson describes how space technology has allowed planetary astronomy to develop from a science of entirely remote observation to one of immersive experimentation

Another giant leap for mankind

The Moon has been neglected by space scientists and astronomers alike since the Apollo days, but now we want to go back. Paul D Spudis explains what motivates the new vision of lunar exploration

The Galileo affair

Maurice A Finocchiaro discusses the lessons and the cultural repercussions of Galileo’s telescopic discoveries

Stars in his eyes

Inspiring public interest in the night sky is one of the key objectives of the International Year of Astronomy. You can be sure then that the Public Astronomer of the UK – Marek Kukula – is experiencing a very high workload right now. Physics World reporter James Dacey managed to steal a bit of time from Kukula's schedule to find out about his job, his interests, and his thoughts on the future of astronomy.


Cosmic visions

With the International Year of Astronomy now in full swing, leading figures from the world of astronomy reveal what they think are the biggest challenges for the subject


A pale orange dot

Agustin Chicarro surveys a new account of Saturn's largest moon

Web life: Cosmic Diary

The official blog of IYA2009