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October's Spooky Space Pictures

October's Spooky Space Pictures

Strange alien sights from our solar system and beyond.


The Southern Lights as photographed from the ISS. The aurora glows green across the atmosphere, while the ISS floats above the earth.

The Southern Lights, as captured by an astronaut on the International Space Station, spread an ethereal green hue across our atmosphere.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 16:15

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- This October, we admire spooky space phenomena around our galaxy. From neutron star collisions to extraterrestrial landscapes, strange alien sights can be seen even in our own solar system.


An ultraviolet image of the sun, showcasing a pi-shaped coronal hole across its surface.

Earlier this month, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory imaged this mysterious sight on the sun. A gaping coronal hole in the shape of the Greek letter Pi sprawled across the top of the star's surface, spewing high-speed solar wind particles into space. This irregularly shaped hole appears darker than the rest of the sun due to its colder temperature, while extreme false-color ultraviolet light gives this image its eerie purple hue. (NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory)


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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.