WELCOME TO SKYWATCH. If you've read us before, you have a pretty good idea what we're about. If not, think of this as an introductory-level, all-year issue of Sky & Telescope, our monthly parent magazine. Here you'll find everything you need to know to start exploring the universe
overhead. Lots will also help experienced skygazers move up a notch or two. And here in one place are big evening sky charts for the next 13 months (including December 2012, in case you picked this up a bit early). Each year we focus on a different theme. This year it's suburban backyard astronomy: exploring the cosmos successfully even under the light pollution
of a thickly settled area.