THE GALAXY WITH A STAR FACTORY
The Hubble Space Telescope, humanity's clearest eye towards space until James Webb was launched into the deep darkness of space, continues to deliver stunning images from deep space and gather information that enables us to explore the other end of the universe, even though it is nearing retirement. The last image Hubble presented was the galaxy NGC 5486, which is almost a star factory.
NGC 5486, an irregular spiral galaxy, has a bright center but does not have a distinctive shape like the Milky Way and is scattering and thinning out as it moves away from the centre. However, the latest photo shared by Hubble reveals another feature of this interesting galaxy.
If you looked carefully at the photo above, you might have noticed that there are pink glows all over NGC 5486. Every pink glow in this 'amorphous' galaxy, 110 million light-years from Earth, indicates nebulae where stars are still forming. Future generations will be able to observe baby stars in these pink dots when they turn their telescopes, much more advanced than Hubble, to NGC 5486.
According to information shared by NASA, the above photo was taken during an observation examining the remnants of type 2 supernovae. There was a supernova in NGC 5486 in 2004, and scientists are keeping an eye on NGC 5486 to learn more about supernovas and discover what happened afterwards.
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