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All About Space No. 90

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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If you hadn't noticed already, All About Space is an impressive 90 issues old – to celebrate the occasion we've teamed up with HarperCollins to give you a free copy of the 2019 Guide to the Night Sky, packed with tips, tricks and advice on what to observe and when throughout the following months of the year. Written and illustrated by astronomers Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion, it's the perfect guide for all levels of astronomer – from those just making their first tentative steps into exploring the heavens to those who are veterans of sky-watching and just need that quick reference. Our space myths busted series continues this month as astronomers reveal what likely caused a sonic boom, tipped to be some six-times 'louder' than expected, to tear through the…

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our contributors include…

Giles Sparrow Space science writer If you've ever wanted a quick cheat sheet to rocket science, then look no further – Giles provides an easy, everything-you-need-to-know guide. James Romero Science writer Should we stop following the water when it comes to searching for alien life? James' report suggests so, as he discovers why organics on worlds like Titan could be fruitful. Lee Cavendish Staff writer Before we reach the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, Lee relives the emotion, adventure and science of Apollo 10 and remembers crew member Gene Cernan. Stuart Atkinson Astronomer It might be the end of the longer nights, but Stuart has the best tips and tricks to make the most of early summer's targets – whether you have a telescope or not.…

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pac-man eats the moon!

The classic arcade game Pac-Man has remained popular since 1980, and its imagery is something most will recognise. Images such as this one combine the beauty of observatories and astronomy with the most unexpected of events. In this instance, one of the Very Large Telescope’s Auxiliary Telescopes starts to open its mouth as it prepares for a long night of astronomical observations. Sitting above the 'mouth', and looking like it’s going to be eaten by a half-telescope, half-Pac-Man, is our natural satellite during its full phase.…

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‘the banded marble’

Many have described Earth as ‘The Blue Marble’ since the famous Apollo 17 image, but perhaps it’s time to call Jupiter ‘The Banded Marble’, as this Juno image seems to suggest. Taken during a flyby on the 12 February 2019, the shot was edited by citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill. The images taken by Juno’s JunoCam have been emphasised to bring out the finer details of Jupiter, in particular the bands of storms and winds that are crashing into each other over the face of the gas giant. The Great Red Spot also makes an appearance in the top-right section of the image.…

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astronomers spot a space butterfly

Butterflies are seen flittering all around the world in their majesty, but it’s rare to find one in the cosmos. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope recently used its infrared capabilities to spot a ‘space butterfly’ in the wilds of the night sky. Officially labelled as Westerhout 40 (W40), this is obviously a nebula – a cloud of gas and dust that is illuminated red by the new stars that are being born within. The ‘wings’ in this image are hot, interstellar gas blown away by the radiation of the most massive stellar objects within the active region.…

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the mystery of the brain terrain

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has done a phenomenal job of photographing Mars’ surface. Here it captured the ‘brain terrain’ in the Protonilus Mensae. This terrain is a mystery for astronomers as they can’t seem to explain how it came about. It’s thought that beneath the rugged surface lies water ice, and when it sublimates – converts from solid to gas – it creates frozen troughs. This could be an ongoing active process, but MRO’s HiRISE camera has yet to observe any changes to the environment.…