Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

NASAs Hubble Space Telescope captures creepy smiling face amidst stars

NASAs Hubble Space Telescope captures creepy smiling face amidst stars

'WFC3 is able to view distant galaxies at an unprecedented resolution - high enough to locate and study regions of star formation within them, ' NASA said.

Far away galaxies smiling back at Hubble.

Surrounded by a patch of space filled with galaxies of all shapes, colors and sizes, the image reveals two yellow-hued blobs hang atop a sweeping arc of light. This effect is known as gravitational lensing and requires that the three participants (the light source, the massive structure, and the observer - which is on Earth) be aligned in a straight-line configuration called a syzygy.

According to the USA space agency, the lower arc is created by gravitational lensing - an effect caused by light getting deformed due to the influence of a massive object on its path.

NASA recently shared a photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope that shows a formation of galaxies forming what looks like a smiley face.

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Stars are born in stellar nurseries or giant clouds of interstellar clouds and dust that grow unstable and begin to collapse due to its own gravity. The lifetime of the young stars is very small in astronomical terms - just a few million years.

Because of this and other similar photographs, the NASA researchers hope to better understand how stars are formed in cold parts of the Universe.

Hubble Space Telescope returned to normal operations on October 26 after successfully recovering a backup gyroscope that had replaced a failed one three weeks earlier.

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

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