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Editor's choice

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: Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

To the Moon and back

Apollo: the Extraordinary Visual History of the Iconic Space Programme is a beautifully designed coffee-table book full of every fact you might ever want to know about the Apollo missions, says Kate Gardner

How to build a planet

The Planet Factory by Elizabeth Tasker offers a “thorough guide to how exoplanets are opening our eyes to the cosmic possibilities for life”, finds Louisa Preston

Cassini’s grand finale

With the Cassini craft due to plunge into Saturn on 15 September, Joshua Colwell explains the scientific secrets it has revealed over the last 20 years

Spacecraft in extreme environments

Keith Cooper explores the challenges of designing instruments that can handle the toughest conditions in our solar system

Web life: Eclipse America

A blog from the American Astronomical Society about next month’s total solar eclipse in the US

Web life: Hogg's Research

A blog about the latest research and developments in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology

Simulating the universe

Tom Giblin, James Mertens and Glenn Starkman on how Einstein’s equations have been used in a cosmological setting for the first time

Between the lines

Books about asteroids, or the “vermin of the sky” and the science of the atmosphere, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat

Web life: Backyard Worlds: Planet 9

The latest offering from the Zooniverse family, Backyard Worlds asks citizen scientists to hunt for rogue planets in NASA data

Between the lines

Books about gravity, Cavendish lab and dark technologies, reviewed by Matin Durrani, Kate Gardner and Tushna Commissariat

A tour de force of the cosmos

The line between scientific idealism and scientific realism is blurry, as all scientific endeavours are affected by human bias, says Lionel London

Between the lines

Books about the search for extraterrestrial life and the Royal Institution’s Christmas lectures, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat

Galaxies and auroras and planets, oh my!

The coffee-table book of all the winning and shortlisted images in the 2016 Astronomy Photographer of the Year award is a sight to behold, says Tushna Commissariat

Tracing the path towards totality

Tyler Nordgren’s book on the history, science and beauty of a total solar eclipse flows between personal experiences and scientific facts, writes Shadia Habbal

Life as we do and don't know it

Looking at everything from extremophiles on Earth to galactic habitability zones, this book on astrobiology covers all the basics, says Dimitra Atri