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December's Sparkling Space Pictures

December's Sparkling Space Pictures

An assortment of twinkling images of space, stars and spacecrafts.


The Abell S1063 galaxy cluster, located 4 billion light-years away.

Image credits:

NASA/ESA/M. Montes

Friday, December 28, 2018 - 11:00

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- This December, we have selected a festive variety of astronomical delights. Through the lenses of telescopes and the craft of artist illustrations, we can admire the wondrous qualities of light across the universe.


To celebrate the season, the Chandra X-ray Center released an assortment of images that include X-rays detected by the observatory. Each image showcases a collaboration between Chandra data and other telescopes, creating a selection of different stars and galaxies full of twinkling light. (NASA/CXC/SAO)


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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.