NASA Detects Formation of Galaxies That Looks Like a Smiley

Mindy Sparks
November 7, 2018

However, in among the many galaxies, "is a formation of galaxies akin to a smiling face" NASA says.

Blue compact dwarf galaxies take their name from the intensely blue star-forming regions that are often found within their cores.

The Hubble Space Telescope captured a friendly face in space. NASA has released the photo of distant galaxies seemingly smiling back to the observatory.

Here, nestled among a sea of galaxies, is a clear and unmistakable smiley face - two bright blobs suspended above a streak of light.

The Observatory's wide-field camera 3 took the photo of the galaxy cluster SDSS J0952+3434.

"The lower, arc-shaped galaxy has the characteristic shape of a galaxy that has been gravitationally lensed - its light has passed near a massive object en route to us, causing it to become distorted and stretched out of shape", NASA said. In some cases, gravitational lensing causes some lights from distant celestial sources to look like a ring or a bubble in space. Because of its position, the space telescope can see and capture the effect, which cannot be detected by ground-based observatories. New stars are formed over the course of millions of years. This galactic interaction disrupted the clouds of gas and dust surrounding ESO 338-4 and led to the rapid formation of a new population of stars.

Peering into the lives of other galaxies can shed light on how gas is transformed into giant stars through time and space.

The Hubble telescope returned to normal operations on October 26 after successfully recovering a backup gyroscope replacing a failed in October.

The Hubble telescope was launched on April 24, 1990, via the space shuttle Discovery from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

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