Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

NASA Spots Galaxies In Form Of Smiley

NASA Spots Galaxies In Form Of Smiley

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a formation of galaxies that looks like a smiling face, said the United States space agency NASA.

Here, nestled among a sea of galaxies, is a clear and unmistakable smiley face - two bright blobs suspended above a streak of light.

But the "smile" is actually evidence of a phenomenon known as "gravitational lensing" - wherelight is "bent" by the gravity of massive objects in the foreground on its way towards us.

Hubble has the pointing accuracy of.007 arc seconds, which is like being able to shine a laser beam focused on Franklin D. Roosevelt's head on a dime roughly 200 miles away. The arc of light is reportedly a galaxy whose shape has been distorted and stretched as a result of passing a massive gravity source.

The picture was taken by space telescope "Hubble" established in automatic Observatory in Earth orbit.


As per NASA, stars take birth within a giant cloud of gas which they call stellar nurseries.

Hubble captured the image in an effort to understand how new stars spring to life throughout the cosmos. These galaxies got its name because of the regions of active formation of young blue stars, which are usually located near their cores.

When NASA peers into the sky with any of its various telescopes, there's always the chance that scientists will spot something they've never seen before. It's important to study stellar formation within different galaxies to gain a richer context, which is why Hubble had its gaze fixed on a galaxy cluster.

He is arguably most famous for discovering that the universe is expanding and the rate at which is does so - now coined the Hubble constant.

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