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December's Shimmering Space Pictures

December's Shimmering Space Pictures

This month, our slideshow features starry nights and winter wonderlands around our universe.

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An illustration of Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn, shown here as an icy, white moon against a starry background.

This is Saturn's sixth largest moon, Enceladus -- a frozen landscape that researchers think could be potentially habitable to alien life.

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University of Warwick

Friday, December 29, 2017 - 12:15

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- This December, wintry weather descended on much of North America. We celebrate the cold and sparkly holiday vibe in this month’s slideshow. We present image of a frosty environment in our own solar system, as well as pictures of the starry night skies in the universe surrounding us.

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This is Sharpless 29, shown as a red plume of space dust across a background of stars.

Pictured here is Sharpless 29, a stellar nursery located an incredible 5,500 light-years away. This faraway object was captured in stunning detail by the OmegaCAM camera on the European Southern Observatory’s VLT Survey Telescope. The photo blooms with light from the hot young stars within nebula NGC 6559, seen in the center. (ESO)

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