NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured images of what appears to be a disaster deep in space.
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IN SPACE: (FILE PHOTO) In this National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA) handout, the Hubble Space Telescope drifts through space in a photo taken from the Space Shuttle Discovery during the second servicing mission of Hubble in 1997.
The image shows the galaxy NGC 3718, which is a “highly disturbed spiral”, according to NASA officials. This signifies a disturbed formation caused by galactic interaction with another galaxy, NGC 3729. As a result, it formed an S-shaped distortion.
Twisty and dusty
It shows in detail a meandering dust lane as it moves through the galaxy’s core. The image was taken as Hubble peered into the galaxy’s core. However, it was difficult to see due to the massive amount of dust caused by the galactic interaction.
Yet it can be seen with the use of infrared light which can pass through dusty regions. Some of the features that were caused by the interaction are the reddish star formation line that extends towards the 9 o’clock position, as well as the dark dust tendril at the 7 o’clock position.
Additionally, the study aims to understand how the masses of supermassive black holes relate to galactic bulges around the center and star formation that occurs throughout a galaxy.
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The support for the James Webb Space Telescope
Meanwhile, the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope will support Hubble by examining galaxies near the start of the universe, which will start operating this summer.
Another part of Webb’s research will also focus on galactic variety, mergers and collisions, and relationships with supermassive black holes.
A globular cluster
The Hubble telescope also saw a globular cluster Ruprecht 106 which shows that these globular clusters also have groups of stars that carry distinct chemical compositions that were left behind by a group of stars with different ages or compositions from the rest of the cluster.
He was able to capture a starry image using the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), which is a third-generation instrument that replaced the original Faint Object Camera used in 2002.
Ruprecht 106 lies approximately 69,100 light-years from Earth in the constellation Centaurus.
The ACS also helped map the distribution of dark matter that detected the most distant targets in the universe. He also searched for huge exoplanets and studied the evolution of galaxy clusters.
The Hubble has captured many images of spiral galaxies, such as NGC 3344. However, large spirals formed over billions of years through various processes, while giant elliptical galaxies are known to be formed by galaxies of similar size that collide and then disrupt each other. , and finally fusion.
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