Stargazers, marvel at the best of Amazing Space

EARTH is an incredible place, and the sky above it only makes it that much more amazing.

We've taken a brief glimpse of what's going on up there and put together some of our favourite bits.

Top five 'firsts' in human space exploration

AS much as human exploration of space is said to bring us together as a species, our competitive spirit has driven our best efforts.

So who, or what, got there first?

10 apps for stargazing and planet hunting

If you're looking at the sky, there are apps for making the experience a more rich and engaging one.

If you're an amateur astronomer, having a quick reference while you're away from your equipment, especially one as detailed as some of those we tested, frees up a lot of time and space.

For parents, these are portals you can hand your children to begin their wonder for the heavens.

How well do you know the universe?

We think we know a lot about the cosmos. We've set foot on the moon and driven robots on other planets. We've even shot probes out into interstellar space beyond the reaches of our solar system.

This quiz should give us a very clear idea on just how much we know.

How space can be scarier than you think

The distances, sizes, and beauty of space leaves us somewhat awestruck, even if it paints us as such a small part of the bigger picture.

As a demonstration of the raw, unforgiving, and darkly hilarious power the universe wields, here are five ways the cosmos could be a danger to Earth.

8 tests to pass before you go into space

For many of us, there is a time in the lives when we realise that we may never be astronauts.

But for those select few who persevere, and who work to push themselves beyond the boundaries of this planet, there is a long path to walk.

The 5 "biggest" objects in the universe

Have you ever looked at the stars and thought "which one's the biggest?"

Playing 'big, bigger, biggest' in space is truly spectacular, with the sheer size of planets, stars, and galaxies being beyond our ability to imagine properly.

Even then, there are 'things' much larger than galaxies out there.

An astronomer answers your questions

Australian Regional Media -- the publisher of this website -- brought readers together with astronomer and soon-to-be astrophysicist Gregory Rowbotham to find out some answers to some out-of-this-world brainteasers.

Greg was asked about time travel, why Pluto is no longer a planet, and even how long it takes to train when becoming an astronaut in this hour-long chat.

Urine in space: not the glamour you probably imagined

Spending a year in space may not be all it's cracked up to be.

There's a lot of messy housekeeping when you are in orbit.

Like ensuring your re-treated urine transfer rate worked out.

The 5 largest telescopes (and the giants on the horizon)

Optical telescopes have come a long way since Sir Isaac Newton decided it was better to use mirrors instead of lenses for astronomy 347 years ago.

Even though these enormous telescopes exist, there is still so much to learn, see, and discover simply by being outside in the right weather with a telescope you can carry under your arm.

How many stars are there?

You've asked this question. I've asked this question. Most people have asked this question.

The answer depends on what you're talking about. How many stars we can see in the sky is a surprising amount compared to how many there are in the galaxy or the universe.

Last chance for sticker tokens tomorrow

Parents of future astronauts and moonwalkers make sure you get a copy of tomorrow's paper.

Saturday will be the last chance for astronomy enthusiasts to get their hands on the sticker tokens.



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