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Inside All About Space issue 130, on sale now, explore the chaos theory and how it influences the world around us and also applies to the wider universe. 

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For this cover feature, All About Space dives into chaos theory and explores how it affects everything around us from traffic jams and stock markets to star formation and the death of planets. 

Learn about the history of chaos theory and why it's important for unlocking the secrets of the universe in the latest issue of All About Space. 

Related: Do parallel universes exist? We might live in a multiverse. 

Elsewhere in the issue, you can explore five NASA spacecraft that have ended up on interstellar trajectories and learn about their discoveries to date as well as what may be in store for them in the future. 

The latest issue of All About Space also features an interview with ESA astronaut André Kuipers, who has flown into space twice — the only Dutch astronaut to do so. 

We also have an in-depth stargazer section filled with useful information on what to look out for in the sky, including naked eye and binocular targets and a deep sky challenge. 

Take a peek below at All About Space issue 130's biggest features and check out All About Space's brand new look! Thanks to a full redesign our sister publication looks more like than ever before. 

Are we in a chaotic universe?

All About Space issue 130 take a look at chaos theory.   (Image credit: kasezo via Getty Images)

When it comes to surviving in space, the tiniest things can be the difference between life and death. As Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield said: "An astronaut who doesn't sweat the small stuff is a dead astronaut." That may be the case for human space travel, but astronomers are increasingly suspecting that the same mantra also applies to the wider universe. When it comes to the cosmos, it seems chaos theory is king. 

Chaos theory traces its origins back to the 19th century. French polymath Henri Poincaré was attempting to win a prize of 2,500 crowns — a third of a professor's yearly salary — offered up by King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway to celebrate his 60th birthday. To win you had to predict the orbits of the planets. 

Read the full feature in the latest All About Space.  

Conquering space junk

This NASA graphic depicts the amount of space junk currently orbiting Earth. The debris field is based on data from NASA's Orbital Debris Program Office. Image released on May 1, 2013. (Image credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/JSC)

We humans aren't particularly good at cleaning up after ourselves on Earth, and it turns out we may be even worse when we leave our planet. In over 60 years of space exploration, we've rapidly filled Earth's orbit with junk, and that could become a serious problem in the not-too-distant future. 

The Soviet satellite Sputnik 1 became our first piece of space junk in October 1957 after it became the first human-made object ever to orbit Earth. By January 1958 its orbit had decayed enough that it re-entered our atmosphere and burned up, never to cause any trouble. But since then we've launched thousands of satellites into space, and many of them have been left in Earth orbit even after they have stopped working.

Read the full feature in the latest All About Space

Solving the sun's burning mystery

Why is the sun's atmosphere hotter than the surface? All About Space issue 130 looks into this burning mystery. (Image credit: cokada via Getty Images)

Walk carefully over to a fire and you'll find it gets hotter the closer you get. As you walk away you start to feel cooler again. But if you were to do that at the surface of the sun, the opposite would happen. You'd walk away from the intense heat, start to feel cooler and then suddenly begin to feel hot again. 

Moving far away from this hot source only puts you in the middle of an even hotter upper atmosphere. Although the sun's surface burns at a blisteringly hot 10,800 degrees Fahrenheit (6,000 degrees Celsius), the outermost layer of our host star's atmosphere — which extends thousands of miles above the visible surface — reaches temperatures of around 1.8 to 3.6 million degrees Fahrenheit (1 to 2 million degrees Celsius). It's a mystery that's perplexed scientists around the world for decades. 

Read the full feature in the latest All About Space

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Daisy Dobrijevic
Reference Editor

Daisy Dobrijevic joined in February 2022 having previously worked for our sister publication All About Space magazine as a staff writer. Before joining us, Daisy completed an editorial internship with the BBC Sky at Night Magazine and worked at the National Space Centre in Leicester, U.K., where she enjoyed communicating space science to the public. In 2021, Daisy completed a PhD in plant physiology and also holds a Master's in Environmental Science, she is currently based in Nottingham, U.K. Daisy is passionate about all things space, with a penchant for solar activity and space weather. She has a strong interest in astrotourism and loves nothing more than a good northern lights chase!