NASA's "Galaxy Of Horrors" Is Perfect For Halloween!


NASA released images of numerous scary wonders discovered over the years through various missions (Credit: NASA)

Looking for something spookier than your neighborhood haunted house this Halloween? Then you may want to take a peek at some of the ghostly space images NASA scientists have been able to capture through various missions, like the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Fiery Jack-O-Lantern

The Sun masquerading as a Jack-O-Lantern (Credit: NASA)

The stunning image of our Sun's active regions, lighting up to resemble a blazing Jack-O-Lantern, was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory in 2014. According to NASA, "The active regions appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy — markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona."

Galactic Ghoul

The Hubble Space Telescope captured the rare sight of two galaxies merging head-on (Credit: NASA)

This "ghostly apparition," as NASA calls it, is an image of two galaxies colliding. "Each 'eye' is the bright core of a galaxy, one of which slammed into another," NASA explained on its website. "The outline of the face is a ring of young blue stars. Other clumps of new stars form a nose and mouth." According to the space agency, the phenomenon, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in June 2019, is extremely rare. Though galaxies often collide, head-on meetings are unusual, and the rings, like the ones captured by the image, are even more so. The scientists expect the two galaxies to merge entirely in about 1 to 2 billion years.

Ghoulish Gourd

NASA captured an image of cloud of dust and gas that resembled a spooky pumpkin ( Credit: NASA)

NASA believes this "ghoulish gourd," carved out of gas and dust, was the work of an O-type star — a massive star that is about 15 to 20 times heavier than the Sun. They suspect the star's strong outflow of radiation and particles probably swept the surrounding dust and gas outward, causing deep indentations in the cloud, or nebula. The data used to create the image, released on October 30, 2019, were captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope between 2004 and 2009.

Glowing Cosmic Candy

The cosmic treat is actually an image of the Saturn Nebula captured by the Hubble telescope (Credit: NASA)

No Halloween is complete without a treat! This colorful astronomical delight is actually an image of the Saturn Nebula, a complex planetary nebula in the constellation Aquarius. What looks like a candy wrapper is actually the outer layers of a dying star. According to NASA, when stars like our Sun reach retirement age, they transform into unique, stunning works of art! The image of the nebula, which gets its name from its superficial resemblance to the three-ringed planet Saturn, was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

Get the Workbook for this article!

Workbook contains: Article, Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking Questions, Vocabulary in Context (+ answers), Multiple Choice Quiz (+ answers), Parts of Speech Quiz (+ answers), Vocabulary Game (+ answers)
Cite Article
  • billcipher2020
    billcipher2020Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm
    hilarious!I see things like that in my realm!
    • 136thomas
      136thomasThursday, February 27, 2020 at 9:14 am
      i don't know y it has the word scary because it NOT scary maybe it would be if they said that the EARTH was going INTO the blackhole but it's NOT
      • willawerewolf23
        willawerewolf23Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 5:43 pm
        Wow this is really cool
        • venom131313
          venom131313Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 3:39 pm
          • kittyndogonews
            kittyndogonewsThursday, February 13, 2020 at 5:39 pm
            This galaxy of horrors is so cool and interesting at the same time
            • darkgalaxy123
              darkgalaxy123Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 11:18 am
              the video was relly cool
              • angbee
                angbeeMonday, February 3, 2020 at 6:56 am
                that is not spooky or scary.but it's cool😍😘🤩
                • daniela43347
                  daniela43347Monday, January 13, 2020 at 9:57 am
                  this spooks look cool! but there not spooky enough for me though
                  • kitkat111
                    kitkat111Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11:20 pm
                    i agree like rlly cool images but they were not scary
                  • dkanaday
                    dkanadayThursday, January 9, 2020 at 6:43 am
                    it was cool but the word ''scary'' should not be there
                    • dkanaday
                      dkanadayThursday, January 9, 2020 at 6:41 am
                      It was not scary it was cool though