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September's Stellar Space Simulations and Images

September's Stellar Space Simulations and Images

Enjoy the start of astronomical autumn with black holes, a comet, star clusters and other stunning images.

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 14:15

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- This month, astronomers explored stellar oddities that remain shrouded in mystery. An engulfing simulation of a black hole showcases a mind-boggling manipulation of light around a huge gravitational sinkhole. An ancient star cluster that moves slowly through space still holds secrets about its formation. And models of Venus' climate suggest how our now searing hot planetary neighbor may once have held liquid water.

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This is NASA's latest visualization of a black hole. A turbulent disk of glowing gas churns around the black hole, showing its extreme gravity as it bends, redirects and distorts the light from different parts of the gas disk. From this sideways perspective, the greatest amount of distortion can be seen. (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Jeremy Schnittman)

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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.