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All About Space

No. 95

Every issue All About Space delivers fascinating articles and features on all aspects of space and space travel with mind-blowing photography and full-colour illustrations that bring the amazing universe around us to life.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues


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One moment it wasn't, the next it was. That's how most cosmologists believe our universe sprang into existence. Some 13.8 billion years ago, and like the rapid inflation of a balloon, it's suspected that the galaxies, planets, stars, dust and gas all originated from a point smaller than the size of an electron – the subatomic particle found in the atom. The event we know today as the Big Bang. You'll notice that I used the word most there – that's because some astrophysicists don't believe in the theory. They suspect that space and time originated via some other means, and that the Big Bang really wasn't the beginning. Whatever theory you believe in, there's plenty to learn about how our universe sprang into existence over on page 16 as All About…

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our contributors include…

Andrew May Space science writer The Big Bang might not have been the very beginning, as we discover in Andrew's latest report. Turn to page 16 for the full details Margaret Hamilton Former NASA computer scientist Margaret unfolds how the challenges, sacrifice and hard work helped her to develop the Apollo onboard computers Abigail Beall Space science writer The cosmos could be one big Schrödinger's Cat – both dead and alive – according to a brand-new view of the universe. Find out more on page 46 David Crookes Space reporter What does the UK leaving the European Union mean for UK astronomy and space exploration? David chats to space agency officials for the answer…

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a seagull made from stars

Deep within this cosmic seagull, enormous stellar babies are forming. Unmistakably looking like its namesake the Seagull Nebula – also known as Sharpless 2-296 – is a blend of pinkish gas, illuminated from newly born stars, carved into shape by the darkened trails of dust that absorb optical and ultraviolet light. By coincidence, this marvellous mixture of light and dark gives resemblance to a bird in flight, but instead of being filled with the chips of innocent seaside-goers, there's an abundance of dust, gas and traces of heavy elements.…

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ready, player one

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) uses its global network of telescopes to capture the best pictures of the universe, but there’s no harm in having a bit of fun once in a while. Here is a scenario that bares a striking resemblance to the video game Mortal Kombat. The sight of two opponents facing off in front of picturesque background will make gamers of the 1990s reminisce. In this picture, there are two ESO staff members pretend-fighting – with the help of some special effects – in front of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Chile.…

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views of space, from space

There's no better place to stare up at the shining stars and gaze upon the dusty band of the Milky Way stretching overhead than from the International Space Station (ISS). The astronauts work very hard on the Earth-orbiting outpost with countless experiments and science communication activities, so it is only fair that they can take a minute to observe and photograph the unique view of our planet's glowing limb that billions of people don’t have the privilege to see. In the same vein, views of the Moon appear even better on the ISS. As the station flew 430 kilometres (270 miles) over the South Pacific Ocean, they snapped a shot of our lunar companion.…

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the universe's jellyfish

NGC 2022 is a deep-sky object 'floating' in the constellation of Orion, and is known as a planetary nebula. Pictured here by the Hubble Space Telescope is the colourful end of a star’s life – similar in mass to our Sun – where it begins to shed its outer layers. About half of its mass can be lost to space in this process and the central star will shrink and grow hotter, as its excited gaseous layers also disperse uniformly around the stellar centrepiece. A ‘planetary nebula’ actually has nothing to do with planets, and not all of these objects show off the same appearance.…