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April's Stunning Space Pictures

April's Stunning Space Pictures

Enjoy a rainbow of pictures this month, featuring Hubble's 28th anniversary image and the richest image of the Milky Way Galaxy yet.

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A picture of the Lagoon Nebula, with a bright star in the center. Around it are clouds of stellar dust in red, yellow, and cyan hues.

For Hubble's 28th anniversary, the telescope snapped the Lagoon Nebula in all its glory.

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 NASA, ESA, and STScI

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 09:45

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- April was a landmark month in astronomy images this year. From the most detailed picture yet of the Milky Way galaxy to the orbit of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, astronomers have pictorially outdone themselves. To celebrate, we present the latest releases of astronomical images in a range of dazzling colors.

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Fourteen galaxies are depicted here, in a cluster among a landscape of stars. Each galaxy is a different color, ranging from red, green, blue, pink, yellow, and purple.

Astronomers spotted a merger of epic proportions this month, at an incredible 90 percent of the way across the observable universe. 12.4 billion light-years away from Earth, these 14 galaxies are in the midst of a merger that is expected to evolve into a gargantuan galaxy cluster. In this artist's impression, each of the colors represents a distinct galaxy as they all converge. (NRAO/AUI/NSF; S. Dagnello)

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Abigail Malate is a graphic designer at the American Institute of Physics, which produces the editorially independent news service Inside Science.