Astronomy December 2015

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How immense is the universe?
by David J. Eicher
Unfettered by tales of science fiction, the cosmos is almost incomprehensibly large.

Our solar system: Realms of fire and ice
by Francis Reddy
We start your tour of the cosmos with gas and ice giants, a lot of rocks, and the only known abode for life.

The Milky Way: Earth’s home galaxy
by Francis Reddy
Giant clouds of gas and dust sprinkled with splashy star clusters adorn the Milky Way's spiral arms, while the galaxy's vast halo teems with darker matter.

The Local Group: Our galactic neighborhood
by Katherine Kornei
The Milky Way’s family of galaxies is locked in a multi-billion-year battle for gravitational supremacy.

The Virgo Supercluster: Our 100,000 closest galaxies
by Sarah Scoles
Small groups combine with larger clusters to form a vast network of interconnected galaxies that spans 110 million light-years.

Limits of the cosmos: The far reaches of space
by Liz Kruesi
Everything astronomers have learned points to a universe populated by superclusters of galaxies, incredibly long filaments, and colossal voids.

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