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March's Stellar Space Pictures

March's Stellar Space Pictures

Spring has sprung: Interstellar edition.

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An illustration of potential plants on an alien planet that orbits two suns.

Image credits:

Mark Garlick

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 14:00

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- This March, we take a look at images of space that echo the signs of spring we're starting to see in the Northern Hemisphere. From budding potential life on other worlds, to a butterfly-shaped galaxy filled with young stars, these images evoke life and energy found in the most distant corners of the universe.

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A peachy illustration of an alien world. In the foreground, an outcrop of strange multicolored plants. In the distance, two suns are visible in the sky.

Scientists believe that extraterrestrial life might have a better chance at flourishing around binary systems, where the temperatures from both stars could create a wider habitable zone for the planets. This artist's impression shows what budding life might look like on an alien planet that orbits around a binary star system. It portrays a picturesque scene with a distinctly otherworldly vibe, saturated in pink hues and dusted with strange multicolored plant life. (Mark Garlick)

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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.