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August's Stunning Space Pictures

August's Stunning Space Pictures

As summer winds down, savor images from some of the hottest, most magnetic, and awe-inspiring places in the universe.


An illustration of an exoplanet 20 light-years away, with a mass 12.7 times the mass of Jupiter.

Image credits:

Chuck Carter, Caltech, NRAO/AUI/NSF

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 15:30

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- In these last few scorching days of August, it is tempting to think of space as a cold vacuum of subzero temperatures. However, planets and star systems across the universe experience blazing temperatures, too. This month, enjoy pictures of a planet where the dog days happen year-round, as well as images of a galaxy so active it forms stars at a breakneck pace, and the cool, ghostly remnants of a long-dead star.


Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, a group of radio telescopes in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, astronomers captured the most detailed anatomy chart of a "monster galaxy." Illustrated here is COSMOC-AzTEC-1, located 12.4 billion light-years away. It’s classified as a "monster" because it’s highly active and forms stars 1,000 times faster than our Milky Way Galaxy. (NAOJ)


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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.