Imagine you could simultaneously harness the power of all the Earth’s petrol reserves. There’s no doubt you’d have yourself quite a handy amount of energy, on the order of 1,000 zetta-joules. Now, multiply that energy by ten billion, then do it again, and you’ll have the energy released in a supernova.
Yes, there’s no doubt that when a star explodes as a supernova it releases an absolutely tremendous amount of energy. But what exactly is going on inside these explosions? We take a look at them in the cover feature of issue 5. Inside you’ll also find articles on hazardous asteroids, Robonaut 2, space ice, the first moonwalk, supersonic parachutes, the Cassini mission and much, much more.
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Take a look at what’s inside this latest issue:
Learn about the biggest explosions in the universe which can ignite stellar formation.
How we track the giant space rocks that could potentially destroy Earth.
As Curiosity explores our neighbour, we put the red Planet in the spotlight.
Discover what Neil and Buzz achieved in just two and a half hours on the lunar surface.
Revealed: the plan to spear a speeding comet.