Photograph by Julie Larsen Maher (c) Wildlife Conservation Society
National Geographic Digital Media staff have produced an imaginative lineup of stories, photos, and video for this year’s Halloween.
Click through to the extended entry to see a video of a newly discovered vampire moth sucking blood from a human hand, stories about the origin of Halloween costumes and ancient candy, and more.
HALLOWEEN FACTS, PHOTOS, VIDEO, AND TIPS
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Halloween: For Kids Only!
Witch Head Nebula: As the name implies, this reflection nebula associated with the star Rigel looks suspiciously like a fairytale crone, NASA said in a release today. Formally known as IC 2118 in the constellation Orion, the Witch Head Nebula glows primarily by light reflected from the star. “The color of this very blue nebula is caused not only by blue color of its star, but also because the dust grains reflect blue light more efficiently than red. A similar physical process causes Earth’s daytime sky to appear blue,” NASA said.
Image courtesy NASA/STScI Digitized Sky Survey/Noel Carboni
National Geographic Digital Media staff celebrating Halloween at our Washington, D.C. headquarters today.
Photo by Greg Meyerhoff