While vampires and goblins can offer the creepy pleasures many of us associate with this time of year, NASA has just released a series of spooky space-themed posters, More bizarre than any frightening monsters or stories told around fires on the ground. On Halloween this year, the space agency released a series of posters featuring the Galaxy of Horrors name. The scary destinations marked inside are based on real locations in the Universe.
The posters reveal the extreme and extreme nature of a gruesome carnage of extraterrestrial localities. Take for example the bone-cold called Galactic Graveyard for example. The haunting work of art was inspired by Hubble Space Telescope observations of MACS 2129-1, a very distant galaxy photographed with the help of gravitational lenses.
The gravity lens alone is a phenomenon extreme enough to warrant a poster itself! When light from very far sources passes near a large gravitational field, it is bent due to the warping in spacetime, as described in Einstein’s theory of general relativity. This effect allows us to image galaxies that would otherwise be too blurry to see.
Of course, light takes a long time to travel this extraordinary distance across the Universe. The galaxy is so far away that we can see it only a few billion years after the big bang, like a high school yearbook picture of the galaxy. Unlike our own Milky Way, which is still forming new stars, the Galactic Graveyard appears to have stopped forming new stars. Large, blue-colored stars are a sign of new star formation because these stars will burn out in just a few million years. However, the blue stars are not seen in MACS 2129-1, suggesting the shortage of stars. As advertiser, the Galactic Graveyard is old, red and dead! The reason why star formation stopped in this galaxy remains another haunting cosmic mystery.
Another terrifying poster from the collection, which includes spider art that can make your skin crawl, titled simply Dark Matter. Spread across the Universe in a web-like structure, the material that inspired this poster is as invisible as a ghost or some sort of giant ghost. Dark matter pervades the Universe, connecting galaxies in megaparsec long fibers and making up most of the detectable matter. The poster also mentioned the upcoming investigations into the matter using the Roman Space Telescope, an infrared telescope with mirrors similar in size to Hubble’s, but with a field of view 100 times greater. . What secrets of the universe will be unlocked by this new telescope explorer?
The Galaxy of Horrors isn’t just posters, it has some interactive elements like the cleverly named Monster Mash. Click the planet’s cannibal face and your device will take you into a three-dimensional simulation of an extreme real-world alien system that makes Jupiter look like a lamb. Exoplanet WASP-12b, a planet nearly twice the diameter of Jupiter, is orbiting its parent star so close that it is stretched, or squish, into egg shape. With an orbital period of just over a day, the planet would likely be torn apart by its parent star in a few million short years.
Posters like these not only add to the horror décor of any festival office or house, they inspire excitement and curiosity about outer space exploration and exploration. destroy science in a broader sense. They can also help give us a sense of comfort, knowing that no matter how tough the year is and how uncertain the future looks, we all would be better off if we lived. on HD 189733-b, where the Rains of Terror sends hot pieces of glass through the air at speeds of more than 8,600km / h.
All six posters are available for free to the public for download. The posters were also made in Spanish, helping to spread the cosmic fear of festivities to even more audiences. Happy Halloween!