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October's Spellbinding Space Pictures

October's Spellbinding Space Pictures

Images of far away, misty nebulas and lurking black holes haunt us this month.


A simulation of ghostly gases swirling around a black hole.

Image credits:

ESO/Gravity Consortium/L. Calçada

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 17:30

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- In its vast blackness, space holds glittering stars and a rich diversity of alien worlds, but it can hold more mysterious wonders as well. There are nebulas that resemble apparitions, black holes of terrifying depth, and the ghostly remnants of the early universe spread across time and space. This Halloween, enjoy a parade of spellbinding images that may haunt and captivate you.


This is a simulated image of mysterious gaseous swirls observed by the European Space Observatory's GRAVITY instrument. Using the instrument, scientists observed material, shown in the image as swirling gas, almost edging the event horizon of the supermassive black hole assumed to lurk at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. This is the first time material has been spotted so close to a black hole. (ESO/Gravity Consortium/L. Calçada)

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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.