Astronomy launches Cosmic Origins app

By | Published: March 5, 2014 | Last updated on May 18, 2023


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Waukesha, Wis. – Today, Astronomy magazine takes tablet readers back to the beginning of space and time with the introduction of Cosmic Origins, its first-ever exclusively digital product. This new app acts as an interactive digital publication, complete with 80 interactive visuals, including videos, animations, and stunning image galleries. Created with the help of top astrophysicists and leading science journalists, Cosmic Origins serves as a guide to the origins of the universe and the celestial objects within it.

iPad and Android tablet users will find the app composed of four article packages drawn from the current state of astronomical research. They are:

  • How the universe began: Learn about the Big Bang, how the first elements formed, how the structure of the cosmos developed and even how the universe may end.
  • How galaxies came to be: Discover how black holes affect the universe and how galaxies and their larger conglomerates form and evolve through cosmic time.
  • How stars form and evolve: Explore how stars form, how they create elements, how black holes form and, hitting close to home, how scientists have searched to find where the Sun was born.
  • How the solar system formed: Investigate Earth’s fiery beginning and how a huge collision likely created the Moon, and explore many objects that make up our neighborhood and how they formed.

“The cosmic life cycle stares us in the face every day,” said Astronomy Associate Editor Liz Kruesi, editor of Cosmic Origins. “Most of the elements found in our bodies originated in the stars. That incredible thought inspired us to create this immersive digital experience.”

This unique astronomy app is now available on the Apple App and Google Play stores. For more information, visit or contact Liz Kruesi at