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May's Stunning Space Pictures

May's Stunning Space Pictures

Peruse pictures that peer at neighboring galaxies, distant lonely stars and the sky above an erupting volcano.


A time-lapse image of the sky above the Kīlauea volcanic eruption, as viewed by the Gemini North Telescope.

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Gemini Observatory/AURA/NSF

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 12:00

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- May brought a plethora of exciting space pictures. From the first test image by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, to pictures from a survey of nearby galaxies -- and many more -- we've narrowed down our selection to the best images of the month.


This month, the Very Large Telescope in the Atacama Desert of Chile captured the aptly named Tarantula Nebula -- shown here in dusty brown tufts of stellar dust. This nebula spans a length of more than 1,000 light-years, making it one of the most eye-catching features of the Large Magellanic Cloud. This picture captures in incredible detail numerous gas clouds, star clusters and the remnants of supernovae. (ESO)

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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.