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All About Space

All About Space No. 91

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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Future Publishing Ltd
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Somewhere on the edge of the confines of the Milky Way, there's suspected to be a small satellite galaxy. Sure, it's common for these galactic dwarfs to exist around the larger members of the universe's zoo of galaxies, but there's something particularly interesting about this one – we can't actually see it. So what's the fuss? Astronomers suspect that it's there, but it's quite difficult to see – not least because we can't actually grab a bird's-eye view of our home galaxy, but because there's the added complication of it being almost devoid of stars. It's mostly comprised of dark matter, with a smidgen of interstellar gas fuelling a very small collection of glowing stars. The mysterious object goes by the name of Galaxy X. This issue, you'll discover the astronomers who…

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our contributors include…

Giles Sparrow Space science writer Step back to a time before NASA. Giles delves into spaceflight history to fill us in on the world's first steps in attempting to leave the confines of Earth. James Romero Science writer It's a particle, but it doesn't act like one. James reveals everything you need to know about the newly unveiled odderon – and what it tells us about space. Leo Bear-McGuinness Space science writer Galaxy X, a small, mysterious galaxy, could exist – that's according to brand-new evidence. Turn to page 16 for Leo's special report. Lee Cavendish Staff Writer Lee caught up with Professor Brian Cox this month – but not before writing a handy guide to this year's total solar eclipse. Turn to page 32 for your observing tips.…

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alma's red-sky silhouette

These satellite silhouettes that sit in front of the red sky are just some of the satellites that make up the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA), which resides in the desert of Chile. There are 66 telescopes in total, and together they make up a world-class radio telescope array that has captured some amazing sights of the cosmos and provided vital data for research. The atmospheric conditions in the Atacama Desert are ideal for astronomy, as it is dry and mostly cloudless – providing roughly 300 clear nights a year – but can also provide some amazing scenic sights, such as this one.…

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celebrating earth

22 April was a day of appreciation as Earth Day 2019 was celebrated around the globe. This day led to much reflection about our home planet and many pictures were posted on social media of our big ‘blue marble’ from space. NASA captured this view of the eclipsed Earth in September 2017 using the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite, which was developed by the space agency for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). On the face of Earth, hurricanes can be seen rising near the centre of our home world.…

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event horizon telescope's galaxy

Messier 87, the focus of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)’s recent black hole news, has been pictured here by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope. This gigantic elliptical galaxy is located 55 million light years away, the supermassive black hole at its centre creates a jet of particles travelling at velocities close to the speed of light, which can be seen shooting out of its heart. These ‘relativistic jets’, as they are known, were not imaged by the EHT as they are so extensive.…

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somewhere over the rainbow

Northrop Grumman – a United States-based aerospace and defence technology company – recently launched a Cygnus spacecraft from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, United States. Its destination, the ISS. Within the Cygnus cargo spacecraft is 3,450 kilograms (7,600 pounds) of technology pivotal for scientific investigation including gels, tools to measure body fluids, wearable sensors to study ageing effects and even a fleet of small robots. This launch marked the 11th cargo flight to the ISS by Northrop Grumman, and it was treated to a rainbow in doing so.…