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June’s Stunning Space Pictures

June’s Stunning Space Pictures

This month’s tour through the universe features visits to a blistering planet and a chilly nebula, as well as a sweeping view of merging galaxies.

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 15:00

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- We welcome the first month of summer with a collection of spectacular astronomy photos. Experience secondhand the extreme heat on planet KELT-9b and extreme cold of the Boomerang Nebula, as well as a peaceful snapshot taken by the spacecraft Cassini in our own solar system.

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The summer heat might be bearing down on the Northern Hemisphere this month, but be happy you’re not on KELT-9b, a planet 620 light-years away that’s hotter year-round than most suns. It’s illustrated in a scorching red hue to reflect the 7,800 degrees Fahrenheit of the planet’s dayside. Its star, KELT-9, is even hotter, and potentially threatens to evaporate the planet over time. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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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.