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Five Dazzling Astronomy Images from February

Five Dazzling Astronomy Images from February

Saturn's rings, Mars' geology and an artist's depiction of distant new worlds were among this month's most captivating space images.

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An artist's rendition of the possible surface of newly discovered planet TRAPPIST-1f.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 16:45

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- Humans have been captivated by the beauty of the night sky for millennia. But it wasn't until recent decades that we've sent scientific instruments into space to snap up-close photos of celestial wonders and gather new cosmic insights. Inside Science has compiled five awe-inspiring astronomy images from the month of February. They range from unprecedentedly detailed images of our own solar system's planets to new pictures of stars hundreds of thousands of light years away. Check them out in the slideshow below.

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This detail showcases the Cat’s Paw Nebula (NGC 6334) on the upper right, and the Lobster Nebula (NGC 6357) on the lower left. This image, taken by the VLT Survey Telescope at the European Southern Observatory, is one of the largest images the observatory has ever produced. (Credit: ESO)

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