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All About Space - - Contents - Gemma Laven­der Edi­tor-in-Chief

Dark en­ergy: it's the mys­te­ri­ous force that's tear­ing the uni­verse apart. But, as we ex­plore in this is­sue, we're slowly but surely be­gin­ning to crack one of the big­gest mys­ter­ies of the uni­verse. What is it? How does it de­ter­mine the fate of the uni­verse? How will the cos­mos ac­tu­ally end – will it be a Big Crunch or a Big Rip? Over on page 16 the as­tro­physi­cists have the an­swers – and pre­cisely where we're at in our un­rav­el­ling of this in­vis­i­ble por­tion of the cos­mos.

Of course, this is the last is­sue of the year, so it makes sense that we give you a round-up of the events that'll be hap­pen­ing through­out 2019, fea­tur­ing the best stargaz­ing events, rocket launches and even some brand-new mis­sions on a quest to an­swer the most press­ing ques­tions in the cos­mos. With New Hori­zons fi­nally ar­riv­ing at 2014 MU69 – or, per­haps the eas­ier to re­mem­ber, Ul­tima Thule – on 1 Jan­uary 2019, we've pro­vided ev­ery­thing you need to know about the very first flyby of a Kuiper Belt Ob­ject, in the words of New Hori­zons’ prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor Alan Stern.

And that's not all – we've re­vealed the hottest astron­omy prod­ucts that you need to buy in the New

Year – from the lat­est in as­troimag­ing to the best tele­scopes (what­ever your level of abil­ity) – to make your ex­pe­ri­ences un­der the night sky all the more ex­quis­ite.

Merry Christ­mas and a Happy

New Year – hope it's a good one!

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