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All About Space No. 86

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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Some weeks ago I was sitting with the All About Space team, talking about a new theory that seems to have been rattling around the scientific community for quite a few years: the rumour among astrophysicists is that our universe – and any other universes that surround us – could be inside a gravastar. Eyebrows were raised. How could we actually prove it? What made astrophysicists think that this could be a possibility? What actually is a gravastar? This issue All About Space finds out – turn to page 50 for everything you need to know as we unlock the evidence that's left cosmologists questioning what's at the very edge of the cosmos as we know it. The hunt for another world within our Solar System is still going strong, as…

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our contributors include…

James Romero Science writer Do we live in a gravastar? James gets on the trail of the cosmologists with the answers this issue. Turn to page 50 for everything you need to know. Alfred Worden Former NASA astronaut The Apollo 15 Command Module pilot joins our team of planetary scientists, astronomers and astrophysicists to answer your questions. Lee Cavendish Staff Writer & astronomer When neutron stars collide. Find out what the discovery of the greatest explosion in the universe means – Lee has the details over on page 64. Stuart Atkinson Astronomer Ever wanted to start your own astronomical society? Stuart shows you how in 20 easy steps that'll have you successfully hosting under the skies. ALL ABOUT SPACE ISSUE 87 ON SALE 31 JANUARY! Available from supermarkets, newsagents and online at myfavouritemagazines.co.uk…

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wonders of the atacama desert

Sitting under the arc of the Milky Way is one of the Auxiliary Telescopes that constitutes the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT). This amazing array of dishes has led to some of the most inspiring results from some of the darkest corners of the universe. Not only that, it has contributed heavily to many scientific studies. However, looking at it from the outside reveals some breathtaking views as well. Its location at the Paranal Observatory in the Chilean Atacama Desert presents ideal conditions for night-sky observing due to the vast dry climate (inset image), combined with thin atmosphere.…

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california fires watched from space

In November 2018 California experienced one of the fiercest fires to ever plague its forests. The fire, nicknamed the Camp Fire, took over an astounding 140,000 acres (218 square miles) after just eight days. This was one of the deadliest and most destructive fires in Californian history and was eventually subsided on 25 November 2018. NASA was able to observe the blaze from above using the MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite, creating the natural-colour image shown here. Any active fires are shown as red dots within the image; these were detected using thermal bands.…

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io rises above the storms of jupiter

The four Galilean moons of Jupiter are four exciting worlds. Due to their close proximity to the enormous gas giant and their relatively large sizes, these moons are as interesting as they come. Io is the innermost moon and therefore experiences the most intense effects of Jupiter’s gravity, exhibiting unusually powerful volcanic activity. On 29 October 2018 NASA’s Juno spacecraft made its 16th close passage over the cloud tops of Jupiter and captured the moon, slightly larger than our own Moon, rising over the gas giant's limb.…

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tangled in a supernova web

Supernovae are renowned for expelling material into the cosmos, which rides on the waves of the stellar explosion. In the case of SNR 0454-67.2, this catastrophic cataclysmic eruption has moulded the tangles of red and blue threads seen by NASA/ ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Situated in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy residing close to the Milky Way, this Type Ia supernova was the result of a white dwarf continuously feeding on its stellar partner until it gorged too much, exploding in a bright flash as a consequence.…