Explore the moon like never before with All About Space magazine

All About Space issue 135 cover
All About Space issue 135, out now, takes an in-depth look at the moon (Image credit: Future)

Inside All About Space issue 135, on sale now, take an in-depth look at our nearest neighbor with All About Space's complete guide to the moon. 

Learn more about how the moon formed and discover the similarities between our home planet and our rocky companion. Take a lunar world tour and explore iconic locations that have featured in missions such as Surveyor 1 and Apollo 11

The latest issue also includes a Q&A feature with Astronomer Royal Martin Rees about his contributions to the Big Bang theory and life on other planets.  

Related: How to photograph the moon using a camera: techniques, kit, and settings 


All About Space issue 135 cover.

(Image credit: Future)

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Elsewhere in the issue, you can find out how the biggest stars in the universe — cosmic monsters up to a million times brighter than the sun — supergiant and hypergiant stars, push the limits of astrophysics.  

All About Space also takes an electrifying look at lightning superbolts. They're 1,000 times more powerful than typical lightning, yet scientists still don't fully understand how they pack such a punch. 

The latest issue also investigates the feasibility and practicality of 3D printing moon bases, rockets and even food to facilitate lunar settlement. 

You can also find a detailed stargazer section filled with useful information on what to look out for in the night sky. This issue also includes 15 tips you need to be a better astronomer, from planning ahead to improving your observing skills, and learning how to make your time outside with the night sky more efficient and enjoyable.  

Complete guide to the moon 

The moon has been a source of wonder to us since ancient times. (Image credit: Starry Night Software)

Because we can easily discern features on the moon with the naked eye, it's been a source of wonder to us since ancient times. The moon is the brightest object in our sky after the sun and influences everything from our oceans to our calendars. It's always been 'the moon' because we didn't know that there were any others. Once Galileo discovered in 1610 that Jupiter had satellites, we've used the word 'moon' to describe celestial bodies that orbit larger bodies, which orbit stars. Since the moon has always been so present it might not seem worth studying, yet there's a reason why we continue to return to it — we still have plenty to learn from our satellite. 

Read the full feature in the latest All About Space

What causes lightning superbolts? 

Lightning strikes kill around 2,000 people each year.   (Image credit: Michael Sanders / 500px via Getty Images)

Lightning strikes are something to fear. Around 2,000 people are killed by them each year, and aside from causing many more injuries, lightning has the power to destroy objects too. But there's a type of lightning you wouldn't want to encounter. Called superbolts, they don't happen all that often, "yet they're 1,000 times more powerful than typical lightning," says Jean-Francois Ripoll, senior scientist at the Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (CEA) in Paris. "Superbolts are also potentially very destructive." But their cause and nature remain unknown decades after being discovered.

Read the full feature in the latest All About Space.  

Space factories  

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a critical payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off with the NROL-91 mission from Space Launch Complex-6 on Sept. 24. (Image credit: United Launch Alliance)

Every kilogram that must be hauled into space for a human crew represents one kilogram less that can be used for science experiments or instrumentation. More capable rockets is one solution to this problem. But what about actually making the components and food you need on site? The idea isn't as far-fetched as it sounds. The European Space Agency (ESA), NASA and others are testing out 3D printing as a way to manufacture structures, rocket parts and even pizza. Looking ahead, the ESA has suggested that 3D printing could reduce the cost and complication of future lunar bases. "3D printing offers a potential means of facilitating lunar settlement with reduced logistics from Earth," said Scott Hovland, head of the Facilities and Technology Unit at the ESA. The first step is to find a structure that works.

Read the full feature in the latest All About Space

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Daisy Dobrijevic
Reference Editor

Daisy Dobrijevic joined Space.com 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!