Hubble Space Telescope Captures Image of ‘Ghostly Face’ 704 Million Light-Years From Earth
By Fox News // October 29, 2019
(FOX NEWS) – It’s creepy and it’s cooky. And maybe even a little mysterious and spooky.
The Hubble Telescope has spotted two galaxies colliding into one another, creating “a ghostly face” in space.
The powerful space telescope, operated by NASA, the European Space Agency and Space Telescope Science Institute, took the remarkable image of the Arp-Madore 2026-424 (AM 2026-424) system, 704 million light-years from Earth, on June 19.
“The crash has pulled and stretched the galaxies’ discs of gas, dust, and stars outward, forming the ring of intense star formation that shapes the “nose” and “face” features of the system,” the ESA wrote in a statement on its website.
The agency continued: “Ring galaxies are rare, and only a few hundred of them reside in our larger cosmic neighborhood. The galaxies have to collide at just the right orientation so that they interact to create the ring, and before long they will have merged completely, hiding their messy past.”
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