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All About Space

All About Space No. 103

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.

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United Kingdom
言語:
English
出版社:
Future Publishing Ltd
刊行頻度:
Monthly
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welcome

During these unprecedented times, I hope that you're keeping well and are making the most of isolation by reading the book you've always wanted to read, safely keeping in touch with friends and family, watching your favourite shows or even just making sure that you're making the most of your daily outdoor allowance by keeping fit or going for a stroll to clear your mind. The All About Space team have been making sure that we're still bringing you the latest news in space science and space exploration, ensuring that your magazine is delivered directly to your door. What's more, we've also included three free digital eBooks to keep you and your family entertained over the next few weeks or months. We hope that you enjoy them. If you're wanting a change…

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our contributors include…

Colin Stuart Space science writer Welcome to the holographic universe! Colin speaks to the researchers who have discovered that the cosmos is even stranger than we thought! Ann Druyan Writer, producer and director With Cosmos: Possible Worlds a fixture on our screens over the past few weeks, Carl Sagan's wife gives us a behind-the-scenes look. Libby Plummer Science writer While you're in isolation, watch some inspiring TED talks about the universe! From black holes to exoplanets, turn to page 24 for our top 12. Lee Cavendish Staff writer Lee reveals three new exciting projects that will help us to solve dark energy once and for all. Turn to page 38 for his full report on space's unusual substance.…

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launch pad

Picture perfect: when the Milky Way aligns The European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory is situated in a perfect part of the world for observing the night sky. In the Chilean Atacama Desert the sky is generally cloudless, and so the stars sparkle in clear heavens for most of the year. This gave one astrophotographer the chance to capture the Milky Way’s band appearing to emerge from the VLT Survey Telescope. For our more eagle-eyed readers, some may have spotted the Orion constellation — with Betelgeuse shining bright — above the telescope too. The illumination of bright, young stars This image of a stellar nursery, captured by Hubble, shows how young stars born within a cloud of gas and dust light up their surroundings with vibrant colours. The pink cosmic pocket is known as…

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our milky way is being used to hunt for dark matter

Scientists studying a mysterious signal from far-off galaxies didn’t find dark matter as they’d hoped. But the inventive new technique they used to detect this strange signal, which uses our own galaxy to hunt for dark matter, could elevate the hunt for the elusive material. For decades scientists have been searching for dark matter, an invisible material that doesn’t interact with light but which permeates our entire universe, influencing it with its gravity. And a signal coming from a nearby galaxy spotted in a 2014 study gave scientists hope that this was the long-sought evidence for dark matter. Some current models predict that dark matter particles slowly decay into ordinary matter, a process that would produce faint photon emissions that X-ray telescopes could detect. And in 2014 scientists spotted an X-ray emission…

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china’s new crew spacecraft to dock with space station

A next-generation crew spacecraft that China is preparing for a flight test this spring appears to be capable of docking with the International Space Station (ISS). An image posted by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST) shows the new spacecraft’s docking system, which appears compatible with the International Docking System Standard (IDSS). NASA, the European Space Agency and Russia’s federal space agency, known as Roscosmos, use IDSS-compatible systems or adapters. These are in use on the ISS to facilitate rendezvous and docking with spacecraft. The new craft is designed to boost China’s capabilities in sending humans into orbit, reduce costs through partial reusability and allow astronauts to survive the radiation environment and high-speed re-entries of deep-space missions. It will be capable of carrying six astronauts or three astronauts and 500…

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old gas blob from uranus found in voyager 2 data

Buried inside data that NASA’s iconic Voyager 2 gathered at Uranus more than 30 years ago is the signature of a massive bubble that may have stolen a blob of the planet’s gassy atmosphere. The tiny wobble in the Voyager 2 data represents something much larger since the spacecraft was flying so fast. Scientists behind the new research believe the zigzag marks a plasmoid, a type of structure that wasn’t understood particularly well at the time of the flyby in January 1986. A plasmoid is a massive bubble of plasma, a soup of charged particles. Plasmoids can break off from the tip of the sleeve of magnetism surrounding a planet like a teardrop. Scientists have studied plasmoids at Earth and nearby planets, but never at Uranus or its neighbour Neptune, since…