Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021

NASA’s Hubble Telescope captures stunning pic of breath-taking ‘celestial eye’

A new picture from the Hubble Telescope shows an incredible 'eye' formation created by a galactic-scale hurricane.

The spectacular phenomenon occurring around 130,000,000 light-years from Earth at NGC 5728 in the constellation Libra is evidence of a Seyfert galaxy, meaning it has an 'active core' which circles gas and dust around it at immense speeds.

Usually these active cores shine so bright that they block out the rest of the galaxy on a human telescope, but this is a rare case of one that is easily seen.

According to the European Space Agency (ESA), which co-operates the Hubble Space Telescope with NASA, there is likely a lot more going on in the galaxy that can't be picked up on from the telescope.

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A caption reads: "As this image shows, NGC 5728 is clearly observable, and at optical and infrared wavelengths it looks quite normal."

"It is fascinating to know that the galaxy's centre is emitting vast amounts of light in parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that WFC3 just isn't sensitive to!"

Meanwhile, the famous Hubble telescope will be retired this year after 40 years of service to make way for a new hi-tech observational machine.

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Since launching in 1990 over 1.5 million observations of outer space have been made by the Hubble, which orbits the earth at low height. It still ranks as one of mankind's greatest ever achievements in the field of astronomy.

It's named after nineteenth-century astronomy Edwin Hubble, who was the first to conclusively find that the universe is always expanding.

The Hubble will be replaced by the James Webb Telescope, which is due to launch next month after fourteen years of delays and an overall budget that eventually ballooned to 10,000,000,000.

The James Webb is a joint project between NASA, the ESA, and the Canadian Space Agency.

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