NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is back operational after a gyro glitch put it out of commission for a few days. And to help celebrate the end of the year, and the holiday season, the telescope has captured a spectacular image of what NASA calls a “holiday globe of stars.”
The new image showcases a snapshot of the dwarf irregular galaxy UGC 8091, which is lit up more than the house that belongs to the Christmas light fanatic in your hometown. NASA says that the galaxy is a collection of approximately 1 billion stars, and the interplay of energy and matter bubbles within the galaxy create what almost looks like festive string lights.
This is an amazing image that must be seen to truly believe. NASA claims that the Hubble picture shows a galaxy only 7 million light years away. It has only just started to glow in this way.
Located in the constellation Virgo, UGB 8091 doesn’t feature the same orderly elliptical or spiral appearance that other galaxies do. Astronomers have classified it as an “irregular galaxy” because of this. This class also includes the Small Magellanic cloud and Large Magellanic cloud. These diverse galaxies range in size and shape, so you never know what you’re going to find when you peer into the cosmos.
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Of course, Hubble’s image of this dwarf irregular galaxy is also a creation of the astronomers responsible for aggregating the data that the space telescope captured, and the festive colors are just an interpretation of what the infrared wavelengths might look like. Studying galaxies like this can help us better understand their composition and how they evolved.
Space Telescopes such as the James Webb , Hubble and others can see deeper than ever before into the universe. Images like these are only a small part of what they’re capable of.
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