Hubble took a picture of the distant dwarf galaxy

Mindy Sparks
November 7, 2018

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a formation of galaxies that look like a smiling face, the U.S. space agency reported.

Galaxy clusters are some of the most massive structures in the universe that are bound together by gravity.

The photo, published by NASA on its website and social media channels, shows two yellow-hued orbs of lights just a little below the middle.

But the "smile" is actually evidence of a phenomenon known as "gravitational lensing" - wherelight is "bent" by the gravity of massive objects in the foreground on its way towards us.


The Hubble Space Telescope has been in space, looking across the universe for almost 30 years. Using the telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), the Hubble could easily view distant galaxies at an impeccable resolution.

Hubble has the pointing accuracy of.007 arc seconds, which is like being able to shine a laser beam focused on Franklin D. Roosevelt's head on a dime roughly 200 miles away. 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. What you're looking at is dozens of distant galaxies with countless stars being born and dying. The orbiting observatory was forced to suspend its operation due to a gyroscope failure.

Studying nurseries within different galaxies will provide information about star formation at different points in time and space throughout the universe. With years of experience, she is able to spot the most interesting new achievements of scientists around the world and cover them in easy to understand reporting.

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