Hubble captures a peculiar cosmic image

Hubble space telescope has captured an intimidating image of a weird ghost-like face. The image taken by the NASA’s Hubble space telescope peeks deep into space and has captured the ghostly profile of a head-on collision of two galaxies some 700 million light-years away. The ghostly face seen in the majestic image released by NASA shows two “eyes” which are actually the cores of two colliding galaxies. While the cores of galaxies form the eyes, the “nose” and “head” of the ghost are formed by the clouds of dust and gas pulled together into star-forming regions.

The binary system of the two colliding galaxies is known as Arp-Madore 2026-424. The colliding system is also included in a “Catalogue of Southern Peculiar Galaxies and Associations”. The catalog was first assembled by Astronomer Halton Arp who identified 338 unusual-looking galaxies.

The image (R) captured by the Hubble Space Telescope (L) shows two “eyes” which are actually the cores of two colliding galaxies
The image (R) captured by the Hubble Space Telescope (L) shows two “eyes” which are actually the cores of two colliding galaxies

This image of AM2026-424 was taken by Hubble Space Telescope as part of a program to take a closer look at unique and peculiar-looking galaxies during gaps in the observatory’s schedule. The goal of the program is to learn more about the galaxies in our night sky and understand the merger of galaxies and to identify future targets for observation for the James Webb Space telescope after it launches in 2021. 

Also, check out stunning pictures of the Milky Way Galaxy, here.

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