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January's Stellar Space Pictures

January's Stellar Space Pictures

We start the year with a selection of images that look toward distant stars.


A stunning image of the Milky Way bulge, studded with glittering stars of all different sizes.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 15:30

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) – In this month’s slideshow, we feature a range of fresh space images for the new year. They include a bedazzled snapshot of the center of our galaxy, as well as faraway mysteries in our universe.


A landscape of orange and blue stars. In the center is a black hole, around which a bright blue star orbits.

This artist's impression illustrates a mysterious star in the cluster NGC 3201. Astronomers at the Very Large Telescope in Chile were intrigued by this star's strange behavior -- it seemed to be lassoed by the gravity of an invisible object four times the mass of our sun. Here, the star, along with the veiled black hole it circles, are conceptually depicted in the heart of their globular star cluster. (ESO/L. Calçada/


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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.