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July's Stunning Space Pictures

July's Stunning Space Pictures

Enjoy the drama of supermassive black holes, colliding planets and glittering “starscapes.”


An artist's impression of an active galactic nucleus -- the source of neutrino mysterious particles that scientists have located for the first time.

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DESY, Science Communication Lab

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 17:00

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- This month, astronomers released a diversity of images that showcase the grandness of astronomical discoveries. By translating data into pictures, they illustrate the results of new large-scale tests of Einstein's theory of general relativity, herald years of telescope observations, and reveal the answers to distant mysteries.


Through an international observation campaign, scientists have located a source of high energy neutrinos for the first time. Neutrinos are ghostly particles that can travel billions of light years, unaffected by the objects they travel through in the universe. This artist's impression shows an active galactic nucleus -- the source of these mysterious particles. At the center of its plate-shaped accretion disk sits a supermassive black hole that expels a high-energy jet of matter into space. (DESY, Science Communication Lab)

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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.