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All About Space Tour of the Universe

All About Space Tour of the Universe All About Space Tour of the Universe 4th Edition

When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the Moon he declared that it was “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Join us as we step even further. In this new edition, explore everything from the Milky Way and galactic ghosts to Moon dust and hidden universes. Prepare to be astonished by the wonders of the universe we live in. Featuring: Explore the galaxies - Learn about space exploration – and what happens when it goes wrong. Discover the Solar System - Tour our planetary system, from the star at its heart to the much-debated Pluto. Sights of the universe - Venture further into universe and grasp wonders like asteroids and Moon dust. Into deep space - Delve into the deepest corners of space and discover what’s lurking beyond.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
tour of the universe

When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the Moon he declared that it was “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Join us as we step further than you have ever imagined – beyond our Solar System and out into deep space. Journey through our home galaxy, explore our neighbour planets and discover the brutal force of our central star. You will find out all about the ongoing search for extra terrestrial life, and delve deeper into the latest research and discoveries on Pluto. There are so many incredible known phenomena in our universe, and you’ll find the greatest and most awe-inspiring here. In this new edition, explore everything from the Milky Way and galactic ghosts to Moon dust and hidden universes. Turn the page and…

3 min.
what is a black hole?

All sorts of weird and wonderful things can happen when a star dies, such as neutron stars and white dwarfs. Undoubtedly the weirdest of them all, however, are the birth of stellar black holes. Like all the best enigmas of the universe, black holes are as misunderstood as they are mysterious and as hard to observe as they are to comprehend. Stellar black holes are most commonly formed from the remnants of particularly massive stars when they die – their cores collapsing with a staggering force that defies our understanding of the laws of physics. As the star’s mass is forced into an ever-smaller space, the gravitational forces involved effectively rips a hole in the fabric of the universe creating a singularity – the point at which all calculations break down,…

2 min.
how the universe will end

Start: The Big Bang During the first 10-32 seconds following the Big Bang, tiny quantum fluctuations ballooned into a size where they would have been visible to the human eye. First light The first heavy elements, essential for the construction of everything around us, were forged in the cores of the first stars in the universe some 400 million years after the Big Bang. One billion years on Another half a billion years on from the first stars, and a billion years after the Big Bang itself, vast collections of millions of stars started clumping together to form the first galaxies. The end: What happens next? What comes next may never be truly understood, but according to one generally accepted model, it’s fair to assume the universe will continue to expand and cool, resulting in the Big…

8 min.
mining asteroids

It might sound and look like something out of a sci-fi film, but asteroid mining is very much a reality, and one that could greatly benefit humanity. For decades it has been nothing but a pipe dream and, until recently, nobody had been able to devise a clear plan for long-term mining of an asteroid. That all changed when a new company called Planetary Resources, Inc outlined a clear goal in early 2012 to mine near-Earth asteroids for valuable minerals. Set up by some familiar and rich names, including James Cameron and Google’s Eric Schmidt and Larry Page, the company aims to supplement the Earth’s natural resources by developing and deploying robotic asteroid-mining vehicles. Right now, Planetary Resources is still in its very early planning stages, attempting to identify the key technologies…

4 min.
discovering new earths

Planet hunting is a new and exciting area of astronomy barely two decades old that, thanks to missions such as NASA’s Kepler telescope, is revealing more and more data about intriguing new worlds outside of our Solar System, known as extrasolar planets or exoplanets. Only in the last 20 years has sufficient technology been available to allow us to categorically prove the existence of these planets. While we’re still some way off seeing detailed imagery of direct exoplanet observations, projects like NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) will bring Earth-size exoplanets into view and even study the composition of their atmospheres. The number of bizarre and familiar new worlds just waiting to be discovered is staggering, if estimates prove to be accurate. In our Milky…

2 min.
10 fascinating space facts you need to know

Betelgeuse could go supernova The red super giant star Betelgeuse is due to die at any moment. The event could see the star reach a comparable brightness to that of a full moon. The Space Shuttle is no more NASA’s youngest Space Shuttle, Endeavour, having flown its last mission in May 2011 is now on display at the California Science Center in LA. There’s more water on Europa than Earth Data acquired by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft suggests there is up to three times more water under the surface of Saturn’s moon Europa than on Earth. The chance of extraterrestrial life is 100 per cent That's according to the Drake equation, a mathematical equation used to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilisations in our Milky Way galaxy. Mr Drake’s own estimate came to over 10,000 alien civilisations. Virgin Galactic…