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November’s Stellar Space Pictures

November’s Stellar Space Pictures

Marvel at the lives and deaths of stars across the universe.

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The arch of the Milky Way is visible over a lighthouse in Western Australia, with an imagined supernova highlighted in the sky.

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Paean Ng/Astrordinary Imaging

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 16:30

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- This month, we look at the births, deaths, and travels of stars observed from various telescopes. NASA’s Hubble Telescope imaged arched galaxies 4.6 billion light years away, the Chandra X-ray Observatory found a star formation near a black hole, while the Anglo-Australian Telescope found a runaway star to be traveling at great speeds away from the Milky Way.

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Astronomers in Australia, the U.S., the U.K., and Chile discovered a star traveling at more than six million kilometers per hour. The illustration above shows the star speeding away after it was flung from a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. The international study concluded that the star is moving so fast that it will leave the Milky Way galaxy in about 100 million years, only to keep on rocketing across the universe. (James Josephides, Swinborne Astronomy Productions)

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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.