APR 05, 2016 10:05 AM PDT

Hubble Finds Two Colliding Galaxy Clusters

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

It was not long ago that NASA shared some incredible imagery of the center of our Milky Way galaxy, showing us stars captured in the infrared light spectrum, to pierce some of the incredibly thick dust clouds, and then converted to color that our eyes see and understand.
 
What we saw were a ton of stars surrounding the theoretical supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, but the detail wasn’t quite as stunning as the most recent Hubble Space Telescope picture.
 

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has just shot a great picture of a galaxy collisition occuring 4.6 billion light years away from Earth.


Indeed, a new picture taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a variety of galaxies in time space. As NASA puts it, the image looks like something out of a kaleidoscope, bright with various colors and beautiful bright lights that make it completely awe-inspiring.
 
On the other hand, hidden in the kaleidoscope of colors and light is something incredible – what appears to be a collision between two galaxy clusters, which is being called MACS J416.1-2403.
 
In a statement, NASA says that the cluster collision is taking place about 4.3 billion light years away from planet Earth in the constellation known as Eridanus, which means what we’re seeing would have happened a long time ago, as it takes light quite a while to travel that great distance.
 
The galaxy clusters reportedly contain a large amount of dark matter, which causes distortion in our visibility of surrounding galaxies – hence all the purple and blue haziness that you see in the center of the photograph. These are very hot gasses caused by the collision.
 
It’s noted that the extreme pressures of these hot gasses creates what NASA refers to as a “magnifying lens,” and allows astronomers to see distant galaxies that may have occurred not long after the Big Bang. This is because the heat and distortion actually bends light.
 
Taking a peek at this image for a while, and continuing to monitor the region, astronomers are excited to learn more about what could be hiding out there, and possibly learn more about why we’re here and how we got here.
 
Source: NASA

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
FEB 09, 2020
Space & Astronomy
FEB 09, 2020
NASA's Christina Koch Returns From Space After Shattering Records
NASA astronaut Christina Koch set a new record at the end of 2019 when she spent more consecutive days in space than any ...
FEB 23, 2020
Space & Astronomy
FEB 23, 2020
InSight Will Attempt to Push Down on its Mole Instrument
NASA’s sent its Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to ...
APR 05, 2020
Microbiology
APR 05, 2020
How Life Beneath the Sea Informs the Search for Life on Mars
Single-celled microbes that live beneath the floor of the ocean have provided insight into how scientists might be able ...
APR 10, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
APR 10, 2020
Discovery on solar interstellar magnetic field
New information on the solar neighborhood has allowed researchers from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Un ...
APR 13, 2020
Space & Astronomy
APR 13, 2020
Here's Why Humans Need Spacesuits When Exploring Other Earth-Like Worlds
At one point, the idea of colonizing another planet was merely science fiction. But as technology evolves and space agen ...
APR 26, 2020
Space & Astronomy
APR 26, 2020
Can Planets Be Larger Than Their Host Stars?
When you look at the confines of our solar system and notice just how large the Sun is when compared to Jupiter, the lar ...
Loading Comments...