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All About Space No. 87

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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After months of longer nights and shorter days where we've only had a small window to observe our nearest star, it's great to see the Sun grace the cover of All About Space this issue. This year marks Cycle 25: the point where it seems to quieten down in what we refer to as its solar minimum and where there seems to be very little in the way of activity such as sunspots, solar flares and other chaotic bubbling on its surface. The more tempestuous time in the Sun's lifetime is referred to as its solar maximum – it's coming to the end of this phase now and, shockingly for solar physicists – but great news for life on Earth and our telecommunications – it hasn't been that earth-shattering. Our Sun…

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our contributors include…

James Romero Space science writer James meets the researchers who have predicted just what our Sun will be doing in the next decade – harsher conditions are imminent, he finds. Giles Sparrow Space science writer This month Giles heads to the Large Hadron Collider to find out more about a particle that could solve five big mysteries of the universe - all at once! Lee Cavendish Staff writer Lee presents the latest images of Ultima Thule from New Horizons as the mission speeds further into the Kuiper Belt. Turn to page 64. Stuart Atkinson Astronomer Make the most of the end of winter with our guide to the deep-sky, planetary and lunar targets you simply can't miss. Everything you need is on page 72. ALL ABOUT SPACE ISSUE 88 ON SALE 28 FEBRUARY! Available from supermarkets, newsagents and online at myfavouritemagazines.co.uk…

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the 'galaxy tree'

Staying up until the small hours of the morning gave photographer César Vega Toledano the shot he was waiting for – a stunning snap of our galaxy the Milky Way rising above a distinctive grove of pruned oak trees in Salamanca, Spain. From this perspective, you should be able to see that the dust lanes appear to be natural continuations to branches of the tree. From locations untouched by light pollution, the naked eye can see between 5,000 to 8,000 stars. Due to the position of the Solar System, much of the Milky Way is invisible to us since we have to look through the galactic plane, which is packed with dust and stars that obscure our view of the remaining 200 to 400 billion members of our home galaxy.…

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portrait of a galactic beauty

Found in the chest of the constellation of Virgo some 50 million light years away, this cosmic treasure – also known as spiral galaxy Messier 61 – glitters in a face-on view captured as part of the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Cosmic Gems Programme; an initiative that produces snaps of some of the most interesting, intriguing or visually attractive targets using the ESO telescopes. Messier 61 is one of the largest members of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies and is a bustling hub of stellar birth. It also features a massive nuclear star cluster, as well as a supermassive black hole buried at its heart. The stunning spiral was initially uncovered in May 1779 and has captured astronomers’ interest ever since.…

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fish-eye view of mars

NASA’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) lander uses its robotic arm to place its very first instrument – the seismometer – onto the surface of the Red Planet in this concave view of the alien landscape. The image was captured by the mission’s Instrument Context Camera (ICC), which resides on the spacecraft deck. InSight touched down in Mars’ western Elysium Planitia, some 600 kilometres (370 miles) from where the Curiosity rover is operating in Gale Crater, on 26 November 2018 after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on 5 May. The spacecraft’s main aim is to measure seismic activity and create reams of three-dimensional models of the Red Planet’s interior.…

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newborn star’s smoking gun

This image reveals more spoils from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope: the smoking gun of a baby star – Herbig-Haro objects, which are numbered seven through to 11 (HH 7-11) and appear as five points of light, visible in blue in the top centre of the image. These objects belong to NGC 1333, a reflection nebula packed with gas and dust about a thousand light years away from Earth. Herbig-Haro objects are made when jets of ionised gas ejected by a young star collide with nearby clouds of gas and dust at high speeds. Herbig-Haro objects are known to astronomers as transient phenomena. Speeding away from the star that made them at 250,000 kilometres (155,342 miles) per hour, they vanish into nothing within a few tens of thousands of years. The…