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September's Stunning Space Pictures

September's Stunning Space Pictures

Enjoy illustrations of pulsar winds, the planet Vulcan and galactic ripples.

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An illustration of a pulsar wind nebula.

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NASA/ESA/N. Tr'Ehnl

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 07:45

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- This September brought pictures depicting a plethora of unusual phenomena. From a ring of galactic proportions filled with black holes or neutron stars, to a “Star Trek” alien world look-alike, artists' illustrations bring us closer to the strangeness of the universe.

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Between 300 and 900 million years ago, our galaxy suffered a near collision that sent ripple effects into the present. Gaia -- the European Space Agency's star-mapping mission -- observed millions of stars in the Milky Way disc and found they were moving in a snail shell-like pattern. This artist's impression illustrates that ripple, undulating across the Milky Way. (ESA)

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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.