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February's Stellar Space Pictures

February's Stellar Space Pictures

Peer into the most massive black holes in the universe and marvel at extreme solar flares this month.


This is a breathtaking composite image of NGC 3344, a spiral galaxy 20 million light-years from home.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 17:15

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) – In the February slideshow, we celebrate record-breaking observations made in astronomy this month. The pictures range from the deepest image ever obtained in X-rays to the first ever initial burst of a supernova caught on camera.


This month, the Chandra X-ray Observatory satellite took the deepest image ever obtained in X-rays. The composite image above shows both the X-ray and optical view. The inset shows an artist’s illustration of what scientists believe the blue spot would look like up close. Through X-ray data collected on galaxies located a breathtaking 3.5 billion light-years away, astrophysicists found what may be the largest black holes in the universe -- structures they are dubbing "ultramassive" black holes. (NASA/UMontreal)

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