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October's Spooky Space Pictures

October's Spooky Space Pictures

Quiver at the sight of skeletal galaxies, stellar pumpkins and ghostly interstellar visitors.


Two galaxies collide in a pattern that resembles a frightening face with glowing eyes.

Image credits:

NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton, B.F. Williams, and M. Durbin (University of Washington)

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 15:00

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- This October, even the stars seem haunted with mysterious stellar phenomena. The Hubble Space telescope imaged a skull-shaped galaxy collision and a pale, blue visitor from outside our solar system. We also feature stellar pretzels and pumpkins among our weird and wonderful pictures this month.


These twin baby stars glow in a gaseous network reminiscent of a popular Oktoberfest snack. This Bavarian pretzel-shaped set of circumstellar disks is located 600-700 light-years away in the Barnard 59 dark nebula. There, the baby stars grow and feed on the gas and dust constituting their surrounding knot-shaped birth disk. (ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Alves et al.)


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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.