Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Hubble Space Telescope snaps smiley-shaped cluster of galaxies

Hubble Space Telescope snaps smiley-shaped cluster of galaxies

In an image posted on the NASA web page, two yellow orbits can be seen over an arc of light painting a smiling face in the middle of an ocean of stars.

In a new image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the stars have aligned to give us just that.

The sweeping arc of light that makes up the mouth appears to be pulled out of shape due to the strong gravitational forces distorting its light.

It is known that the resolution of a telescope large enough to study the smallest particles located in space, and especially the field of star formation.

As NASA explains in its blog, amidst the twinkling lights, the telescope captured a formation of galaxies resembling a smiling face.

According to the US 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.

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NASA's Hubble Telescope has captured several spooky space images in the past which includes a cosmic bat shadow and a weird shaped skull. These stellar nurseries usually grow unstable and will later collapse under gravity that will, in turn, emerge as the seeds that will grow into new 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 has sent a new picture with the "smile of the Universe".

It is named after famed astronomer Edwin Hubble who was born in Missouri in 1889.

Hubble has made more than 1.3 million observations since its mission began in 1990 and helped publish more than 15,000 scientific papers.

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