In the depths of space are places both serene and fearsome. In honor of Halloween, here are some glimpses into the dark hearts of the cosmos: nebula - places of destruction, but often also construction. Starbirth alongside star death - the ultimate circle of life. All images are real although colors have been artificially assigned by the research teams in each case.
Enjoy your spooky celebrations!
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Caleb A. Scharf is director of astrobiology at Columbia University. He is author and co-author of more than 100 scientific research articles in astronomy and astrophysics. His work has been featured in publications such as New Scientist, Scientific American, Science News, Cosmos Magazine, Physics Today and National Geographic. For many years he wrote the Life, Unbounded blog for Scientific American.