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June's Stunning Space Pictures

June's Stunning Space Pictures

This month we appreciate how images can take us on a journey to better understand the universe.

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Three young planets around a newborn star.

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S. Dagnello/NRAO/AUI/NSF

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 12:00

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- This month, we feature images that expand our understanding of space. Through these images, astronomers are trying to solve decadeslong mysteries, capture the first glimpses of a black hole that was only theoretical until now, and test the boundaries of what we think we know about astrophysics.

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The inset of this image shows what is known as an Einstein ring, resulting from the distortion of light through a galaxy called ESO 325-G004. This galaxy, located about 450 million light-years from Earth, is one of the closest so-called gravitational lensing galaxies ever observed. By comparing its mass to the curvature of space around it, astronomers found that gravity bends light in just the way general relativity predicts. (ESO, ESA/Hubble, NASA)

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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.