GALAXIES GIVIN' YOU THE STINK EYE

This week’s helping of the best the universe has to offer from the Wired photo department.

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This galaxy, Markarian 1018, has brightened and dimmed rapidly in the last 30 years, which scientists believe is due to a black hole that hasn’t been fed enough fuel, darkening its surroundings.

Photography: NASA

NGC 1222 is swallowing up two smaller dwarf galaxies that came too close, contributing to this gas-fueled star formation.

Photography: ESA/NASA

These protoplanetary discs are shaping around young stars, illustrating how planets form.

Photography: ESO

These interacting galaxies in the Canis Major constellation, 114 million light-years from Earth, have taken on an ocular structure.

Photography: ALMA

This map of the Milky Way was created with a catalog of over a billion stars.

Photography: ESA