NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured a formation of galaxies that look like a smiling face, the US space agency reported. In an image posted on the NASA web page, two yellow orbits can be seen over an arc of light painting a smiling face in the middle of an ocean of stars. The arc of light, according to NASA, is a galaxy whose shape has been distorted and extended as a result of the passage of a massive gravity source.
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured a deep space “smiling face”
“The one below, an arc-shaped galaxy, has a shape characteristic of a galaxy that has been gravitationally stretched, its light has passed near a massive object en route to us, causing it to distort and stretch out of shape,” as NASA said.
The smiling face is located in the SDSS group of galaxies J0952+3434 and was captured with the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3. The powerful telescope captured this pic to understand how new stars are born in the Universe. Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 is capable of seeing distant galaxies in unparalleled resolution, yet, high enough to locate and study regions where new stars are forming.
Hubble Space Telescope is now operating at its maximum, again
After an issue at one of its gyroscopes, NASA’s Hubble space telescope went back online and has been running in its normal mode since on October 26th, after the NASA scientists successfully conducted the recovery of the faulty gyroscope that caused Hubble to go into “Safe Mode” about three weeks earlier.
Initially, with a mission of only 15 years, Hubble has been at the forefront of scientific discovery for more than 28 years now. The team of engineers and scientists behind the Hubble Space Telescope will continue to study the data and images gathered by the spacecraft over the next ten years, and they hope to come up with great discoveries.
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