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All About Space No. 83

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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Observing season is here at last – and, as always, we've got plenty of guidance on the targets and spectacles that simply can't be missed, according to our team of astronomers. That's not all; we want you to get the very best from your observations, so we've compiled an easy-to-follow list that'll ensure that you become an even better stargazer this year. Turn to page 78 for our full night-sky guide for this season. If you find yourself clouded out this month, then not to worry – we've got plenty to keep you entertained this issue. Discover how astrophysicists have realised that gravity doesn't make a great deal of sense in our understanding of the universe – and why they're proposing a replacement. Head over to page 16 for why the…

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Abigail Beall Space science writer Gravity doesn't make a great deal of sense according to research, so astrophysicists have taken the decision to replace it – Abigail has the details on page 16. Colin Stuart Astronomer & author A star that shouldn't exist is puzzling astronomers – but that's not all. Colin gives the lowdown on other space objects that are defying the universe over on page 48. Lee Cavendish Astronomer & Staff Writer Lee reveals the science fiction that assisted with our latest space technologies this issue – from hoverboard science to teleportation. Jamie Carter Astronomer Observing season is here and Jamie has the top tips you need to be a better stargazer, ensuring that you get the very best out of your views of the night sky.…

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the southern sky at la silla

It’s a long road to the European Southern Observatory (ESO)’s La Silla Observatory in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile: it needs to be situated in a place not tainted by light pollution and high enough to minimise air interference. Upon arrival the most beautiful landscape is there to greet visitors. Sitting underneath the beautiful southern sky, containing the Milky Way disc, is the Swiss 1.2-metre (four-foot) Leonhard Euler Telescope. Off to the far right is the Swedish-ESO Submillimetre Telescope, and sitting strikingly in the centre is ESO’s 3.6-metre (12-foot) telescope, which plays host of the famous High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) instrument.…

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how to punch a hole in a galaxy

Overlaid onto an image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of the galaxy AM 0644-741 is X-ray data taken by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Viewing the region’s X-ray emissions has revealed a hidden ring of black holes and neutron stars, represented by purple smudges. Although this ring can’t rule them all, the darkness has bound them. Astronomers theorise that this ring of dense stellar objects rose from an ancient collision between AM 0644-741 and a fellow galaxy. The gravitational attraction endured the formation of extremely massive stars, from which these dense objects can be formed.…

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the sun, our living star

The most massive object in our Solar System, the Sun, has its influence felt at the furthest reaches of the solar neighbourhood. On Earth, its influence is vital for creating and maintaining life as we know it, which is why ESO have announced a collection of free, high-quality planetarium material titled The Sun, Our Living Star. This unusual face of the Sun reveals the movement of highly energetic particles coursing around its outer atmosphere and violent expulsions of material, that are visible on the right of this image.…

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another 'lunar' step closer for orion

Deep-space exploration to the Moon and beyond has taken a successful step forward as NASA engineers have completed the final tests of the Orion parachute system. Eight tests were conducted at the United States’ Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. There are a lot of happy NASA employees after these tests as they showed that the Orion module can deploy 11 parachutes within about ten minutes of falling through the Earth’s atmosphere. This brought the speed down from 480 kilometres (300 miles) per hour to a steady 32 kilometres (20 miles) per hour as it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.…