Galaxy of Horrors

Take a tour of some of the most terrifying and mind-blowing destinations in our galaxy … and beyond. After a visit to these nightmare worlds, you may never want to leave Earth again! You can also download our free posters – based on real NASA science – if you dare.

A shattered skull orbits a blazing star in this Halloween-ispired science poster.


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Colorful, artistic illustration of a star stripping away a planet's atmosphere

Roasted Planet - New Poster

As HD 80606 b approaches its star from an extreme, elliptical orbit, it suffers star-grazing torture that causes howling, supersonic winds and shockwave storms across the planet.

A fierce bat, fangs bared, is used to represent dark energy in this science-inspired horror poster.

Dark Energy - New Poster

An unseen power is prowling throughout the cosmos, driving the universe to expand at a quickening rate. This relentless pressure, called dark energy, is nothing like dark matter, that mysterious material only revealed by its gravitational pull.

A colorful, whimsical illustration of a black home with swirling colors and the edges and infinite blackness in the middle.

Devoured by Gravity - Poster

Lurking in our galaxy, approximately 6,000 light-years from Earth, is a monster black hole named CygnusX-1. Don’t get too close, or you’ll become its next meal!

A shattered skull orbits a blazing star in this Halloween-ispired science poster.

Galactic Graveyard - Poster

This chillingly haunted galaxy mysteriously stopped making stars only a few billion years after the Big Bang! It became a cosmic cemetery, illuminated by the red glow of decaying stars.

A scary illustration of a giant spider in a web of dark matter.

Dark Matter - Poster

Something strange and mysterious creeps throughout the cosmos. Scientists call it dark matter. It is scattered in an intricate web that forms the skeleton of our universe.

Gamma Ray Ghouls - Poster

In the depths of the universe, the cores of two collapsed stars violently merge to release a burst of the deadliest and most powerful form of light – gamma rays. These beams are unleashed and shine a million trillion times brighter than the Sun.

Flares of Fury - Poster and Interactive

AU Microscopii is among the youngest planetary systems ever observed! This devilish young star holds planet AU Mic b captive inside a looming disk of ghostly dust and torments it with deadly blasts of X-rays and other radiation.

A human skull blasts light from its right eye in this horror-movie-inspired scientific poster.

Zombie Worlds - Poster and Interactive

These doomed worlds were among the first to be discovered as they orbit an undead star known as a pulsar. Pulsar planets like Poltergeist and neighbors Phobetor and Draugr are consumed with constant radiation.

Rains of Terror - Poster and Interactive

Weather on HD 189733 b is deadly. Howling winds send storming glass sideways at 5,400 mph (2km/s), whipping all in a sickening spiral. It’s death by a million cuts on this slasher exoplanet!

Kepler's Inferno - Interactive

Kepler-70b (a.k.a. KOI-55) could well be another circle of hell with an average temperature of about 12,000 degrees F (6,800 C). It used to be Jupiter-sized until it spent time inside its now-dead star…a trip that destroys most planets!

Illustration of a fierce demon swallowing a planet whole in this orror movie inspired science interactive.

Monster Mash - Interactive

A hulking monster of a star is stealing pieces of its nearby planet, WASP-12b, and extreme gravity is stretching the hot gas giant into the shape of an egg. If you enjoy watching the world fall to pieces, this planet is for you.

Bats rise toward a darkened planet in this horror-movie-inspired illustration

Eternal Darkness - Interactive

Are you afraid of the dark? Welcome to TrEs-2b, the planet of eternal night. The darkest planet ever discovered orbiting a star, this alien world is less reflective than coal with a burning atmosphere – the air is as hot as lava.

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