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November's Stellar Space Pictures

November's Stellar Space Pictures

Explore the stars that surround us in this month's slideshow.

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A cutaway illustration of the universe, centered on the Milky Way.

This month, the new Sloan Digital Sky Survey was announced. This cutaway illustration shows the parts of our universe that the survey intends to observe.

Image credits:

Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science/SDSS

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 17:30

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- This month, we look at planets and galaxies that astronomers have pictured through the latest surveys and observations. From interstellar visitors to our solar system to the alien planets of nearby galaxies, we explore the cosmic objects that surround us with these stunning images.

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The inaugural image taken by the Zwicky Transient Facility, featuring myriad galaxies and stars in one photo.

The Zwicky Transient Facility -- located in San Diego, California -- began this month by taking its very first image of the night sky. Astronomers call such inaugural events a "first light." Shown here, the picture showcases the facility's unique ability to capture myriad galaxies and stars in one photo. (Caltech Optical Observatories)

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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.