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NASA Unveils ‘Galaxy Of Horrors’ Exoplanet Film Posters In Time For Halloween
By Thanussha Priyah, 30 Oct 2019
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NASA’s space missions have intrigued many over the decades. This time, the space agency is delving into its idea of the unknown by producing several posters in the theme of scary B-movies.
The nostalgic series is called the Galaxy of Horrors exoplanet campaign. Its trailer takes inspiration from vintage horror films, but summarizes the terrifying state of certain celestial bodies.
Spine-tingling posters, created in time for Halloween, are available on NASA’s Exoplanet exploration site, which dares those tempted to enter unknown territories to get acquainted with faraway solar systems.
Though the posters are digitized to reflect pop culture, they spotlight actual celestial bodies. NASA heightens the dread through movie-themed posters titled as ‘Monster Mash’, ‘Kepler’s Inferno’, ‘The Twilight Zone’, and finally, ‘Eternal Darkness’.
The first image features HD 189733 b, which is 63 light-years from Earth. NASA explains that the planet has an atmosphere “full of silicates and winds blowing at over 5,400 mph.”
The silicates are made of sand and glass, spurring a constant storm of flying glass and making it impossible for space travelers to survive the “planetary hell-scape.” It was discovered in 1992 and found again in 1994.
The second poster features three planets, aptly named Poltergeist, Draugr, and Phobetor, that orbit a dead star known as pulsar PSR B1257+12. The dead star terrorizes the ones around it as it emits radiation that is visible across the galaxy at times. NASA says stray radiation and high-energy particles would attack the three surrounding planets. The star was discovered in 2005.
The poster titled Monster Mash depicts a star discovered in 2008 that steals bits and pieces from a nearby planet known as WASP-12b to turn itself into the “ultimate Frankenstein creation.”
The atmosphere represented by ‘The Twilight Zone’ brings the worst of both worlds, with one side full of intense heat and the other with chilling frost. As for the exoplanet dubbed as ‘Eternal Darkness’, NASA has described it to be the “darkest planet ever discovered orbiting a star.”
Explore more on these exoplanets on NASA’s site here. Check out the trailer below.
[via CNN, images via NASA]
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