You've probably heard much about a so-called ghost particle in the news recently; a member of the fundamental family of particles that make up all known matter and move unimpeded through the universe, interacting with almost nothing, you can see how they get their name.
But astronomers know them as something that's much more familiar to you and I – the neutrino. You'd be right in thinking that they are made in the Sun, but they also hail from a more-distant location: a super-active galaxy that's firing high-energy ghost particles right at us.
What's particularly interesting about these cosmic neutrinos is that, as you'll discover on page 16, we've finally pinpointed where they're coming from in deep space. What's more, now that we've finally caught these speed freaks we're able to work out much more about their role in the universe. Take a trip over to the bottom of the world – that is, the Antarctic – with us to find out more.
Elsewhere in the issue we uncover whether there is a hole in the Sun, and meet the scientists who actually make planets in a laboratory here on Earth. What's more, we've also got plenty for you to get stuck into in terms of stargazing.
Make sure you download your free astro-imaging pack with this issue, and don't forget to claim your free brass telescope when you subscribe to the magazine.
BepiColombo will launch in October this year, making its wayto Mercury