The power of ANTIMATTER

Is antimatter the key to understanding more about our universe and propelling future spacecraft between the stars? All About Space investigates how close we are to finding out more about this exotic matter

Written by Gemma Lavender

Imagine a mirror held up to the universe, one that reflects matter on the scale of particles. Just like a normal mirror, the image would be reversed. Particles like protons with positive charge would suddenly look to be negatively charged, while electrons that spin in quantum fashion one way would appear to spin the other way. While the universe doesn’t really have a

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The most powerful forces in the universe.

All About Space runs for cover as we explore the objects in the cosmos that pack the biggest punches of all.

The universe is an incredibly violent place, populated by explosions and torrents of radiation, pulled this way and that by powerful fundamental forces, and lit up by active centres of galaxies and massive stars. All these forces are in interplay -supernovas create black holes, while gravity battles dark energy to decide the fate of the universe. Energies far greater than the Sun can produce in 10 billion years are wielded in a matter of seconds, and our knowledge of

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Peter Eisenhardt

WISE project scientist

Do clusters and superclusters act as a single entity?

Groups are gravitationally bound. Then you have larger clusters a magnitude of ten bigger than groups, the largest gravitationally bound structures. When we say gravitationally bound, I mean bound in the same way Earth and the planets are bound to the Sun, except, there’s not really a central, dominant equivalent of the Sun.

Can superclusters get bigger than the LQG?

The distribution of galaxies is not the same if you look along the distance between here and the Coma cluster – 300 million light years. The universe is

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Mapping Radiation Patterns

Imaging technologies enable detection of frequencies far beyond the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum. These have radically extended human perception, allowing us to peer deep into our cosmic environment. This photograph of the cosmic microwave background, or CMB, visualizes our primeval origins, what is believed to be radiation shortly after the birth of the universe. It’s a cosmic baby picture, whose patterns represent slight energetic variations that eventually gave rise to quasars, galaxies, stars, planets, and us.

This image appears spherical because it’s a panorama of humanity’s cosmic horizon, taken from the Planck satellite. Because of the limited speed

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Is the universe a loop?

Aaron Hardy

Cosmologists have given serious thought as to whether our universe is curved rather than flat. In a flat universe, two parallel lines running next to each other will never meet. That seems sensible, but were we to draw two parallel lines on Earth they would eventually coincide at the poles. That is because the Earth is curved.

If the universe were looped, like a doughnut, then in theory if you travelled far enough you would loop around and end up where you began. Light would also do the same thing, so in theory, if the universe were small

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Huge LQG


Our giant is one of many super-structures that make up the known, observable universe. These galactic superclusters are made up of smaller clusters and groups relatively near to each other that, gravitationally, move in harmony.

A single supercluster typically contains thousands of individual galaxies: our own Milky Way galaxy, for example, is part of the Local Group of over 50 galaxies that is part of the much larger Virgo Supercluster. This contains more than 100 galaxy groups and clusters for a total number of galaxies that number in the tens of thousands. The Virgo Supercluster spans a

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20 Secrets of the Universe

Astronomers today know a tremendous amount about the universe – but it still has many questions and mysteries. Here are 20 of the biggest secrets in space…

Written by Giles Sparrow

1 How big is the universe?


Less than a century ago, most astronomers believed that our Milky Way galaxy, roughly 100,000 light years in diameter, was the entirety of the universe – it was only in the Twenties that Edwin Hubble used rare stars called Cepheid variables to show that the spiral nebulas in the sky were actually independent galaxies millions of light years beyond our own.

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All About Space pays homage to the amazing achievements that have shaped humanity’s understanding of the universe around us.

Water on Mars. Discovered: 1975.

Percival Lowell had claimed in the 19th Century that he could see ‘canals’ on Mars. Alas, they were a figment of his imagination and water on Mars seemed like science fiction, at least until the launch of the Mariner 9 orbiter in 1971. This gave astronomers their first evidence that water might exist on the Red Planet. Ancient river beds and canyons along with weather fronts and fogs were all signs that water had once resided


Stoppard Rock sounds in Prague

"Underground" 30 years laterPrem» career began with non-long concert of The Plastic People of the Universe, which is also "live" part of making music to the play. More than 30 years ago, all the musicians of the group were arrested in communist Czechoslovakia after they tuned underground rock festival. Two of them, together with 2 other Czech rock musicians in September 1976 was sentenced to imprisonment "for the company public disorder."The trial of musicians drew protests Czech intellectuals and was involved in the creation of a human rights initiative "Charter 77." This tribunal and discussions around it in Czech society

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Scientists have recognized the God particle



Physics Geneva confirmed the results of their own research. Scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), confirmed the results of their own research. They analyzed all the available data and determined that the open last summer, the particle is indeed the Higgs boson.

"By studying the data in 2012, we can confidently say that we are dealing precisely with the Higgs boson. However, we have still much to do" — the with reference to an employee of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Joe Inkandela. He added

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