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May’s Stunning Space Pictures

May’s Stunning Space Pictures

This month's extraterrestrial wonders include a dune-swept Martian beach, a polar view of Jupiter, and a young planetary system that seems to glare like a demonic eye.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 14:30

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- For the month of May, we feature a series of images that could change your perspective on the great unknown. Astronomers have outdone themselves this month in capturing the unusual and spectacular phenomena in space, from a kaleidoscopic image of the distant Crab Nebula to the strange dark dunes of our neighbor Mars.

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Hubble opened the month by debuting an explosive new look at the Crab Nebula. Located 6,500 light-years away, the nebula is the vestige of a supernova initially observed almost a thousand years ago. Each color in this image tells a different story, conveying data that span the breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum. Astronomers hope the new details found in the composite will grant greater understanding of the nebula. (Hubble/STScI)

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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.