If you’re looking to haunt your home with some kind of spooky Halloween space décor, NASA will help.
The space agency has three new Halloween posters depicting weird space phenomena in classic horror movie style and they are provided for free. The posters are part of NASA’s Office of the Alien Discovery Program’s “Terrifying Galaxy” series at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. You can download three posters as PDF files here. Spanish version is also available.
In one poster, dark matter weaves its cosmic network across the universe, invisible and elusive, just as it does in real life. In another galaxy, known as the “Galactic Graveyard”;, the deadly galaxy MACS 2129-1 haunts astronomers with the mystery of stellar birth that stalled shortly after the Big Bang. Mysterious beams of light from an explosion of powerful gamma rays form the stars in “Gamma Ray Ghouls”, the last of the new posters.
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The new posters incorporate a series of haunting images released by astronomers for Halloween, as well as a “spooky roster” of strange space sounds collected by NASA.
“One of the things I really like about these posters is that if you spend some time studying art and then can go and learn a little more about each of these topics, you’ll find a lot of thought The choices they have made to highlight science, “said JPL astrophysicist Jason Rhodes, who advised the project, in a statement.
For example, the spider web in “Dark Matter” is a reference to the cosmic strands of dark matter weaving through our universe. Gamma-ray bursts are real too. They are large explosions capable of harming the Earth with extremely powerful beams of radiation if they are aimed at our planet.
Such is extremely rare, says astrophysicist Judy Racusin of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
“In fact, astronomers estimate that a gamma-ray burst only happens in our galaxy about once every 10,000 years, but they can only see us between 10,000,000 and 100,000,000 years. once, “wrote NASA officials. “Even then, one of these events will not necessarily pose a threat to our planet.”
The posters were created to provide a stylized view of space phenomena to nearby astronauts, Racusin said.
“The poster art is a really fun way to imagine one of these things happening,” Racusin added. “But I don’t want to be an astronaut!”
Visit NASA’s Galaxy of Horrors website for the free, high-resolution version of the new Halloween space poster.
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