News By/Courtesy: Jeetsingh Rathore | 03 Feb 2022 13:48pm IST


  • Nasa shares an image clicked by the hubble telescope
  • The image shows 3 galaxies in 1 image
  • The pictures together form a constellation

Because it is strategically located and offers an unconstrained perspective of the universe, NASA's Hubble telescope is famed for capturing stunning glimpses of space objects. It recently released an image of NGC 7764A, which is a collection of three galaxies. These galaxies, which are located in the constellation Phoenix, are around 425 million light-years away from Earth. The image depicts galaxies interacting with one another, causing two galaxies in the upper right to resemble the USS Enterprise, a spacecraft from the American science fiction media franchise Star Trek.

The first galaxy, characterized as "bowling-ball-shaped" by the European Space Agency, can be seen in the lower right of the image. The second galaxy, with its long tails shooting out from its centre, may be seen near the photo's centre. The third, orange-hued galaxy can be found near the upper right. The three galaxies have been given a combined name, NGC 7764A, by scientists. They are around 425 million light-years from Earth. The galaxies in the top right appear to be "interacting with one another," according to a post by the European Space Agency.

The lengthy tails of stars and gas stretching from the galaxy on the upper right look to have been smashed and thrown into disarray by the one on the lower left. But that will not be the case. Galaxies interact over very vast time scales and rarely collide. According to NASA, it's unclear whether the galaxy on the lower left interacts with the other two.

NGC 7764A1, NGC 7764A2, and NGC 7764A3 are the names of the three galaxies depicted in this photograph. In a blog post, NASA said that the "very random" nomenclature was likely because many astronomy catalogues were collected more than a century ago. As a result, many astronomical objects have confusingly similar names to the names of other objects. Only recently has the use of contemporary technology made standardizing scientific language considerably easier.

The Hubble Space Telescope, a collaborative endeavour of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), has been in operation for more than three decades since its launch in 1990. "It's also uncertain if the galaxy to the lower left interacts with the other two, even though they're so close in space that it seems likely."  It has taken billions of breathtaking photos and has shared many of them with the world. Vela used to be part of the Argo Navis constellation, which was named after the fabled Greek ship Argo.

Section Editor: KADAM HANS | 03 Feb 2022 14:40pm IST

Tags : #NASA #hubble #telescope #galaxies #pasadena #startrek #europeanspaceagency #constellation

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