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March's Stellar Space Photos

March's Stellar Space Photos

Peer into the distant past this month with images of Scholz's star, the Crab Nebula and more.

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In this illustration, the artist imagines an ancient man gazing upon Scholz's star as it visited our solar system 70,000 years ago.

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José A. Peñas/SINC

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 17:00

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- This month, we look at range of distant objects that have captivated human imagination for thousands of years. From the mysterious NGC 1052-DF2 -- a galaxy lacking dark matter -- to the oft observed Crab Nebula, we find astronomy images that remind us of the strangeness of our wonderful universe.

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A picture of the galaxy NGC 1052-DF2. The galaxy appears fuzzy, like a galactic cotton ball dotted with stars.

This is NGC 1052-DF2, a ghostly galaxy located 65 million light-years away. A recent study discovered something peculiar about this galaxy -- it contains at most .25 percent the amount of dark matter expected for a galaxy of its size. The discovery presents a mystery to astronomers around the world. (NASA/ESA/P. van Dokkum (Yale))

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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.