NASA’s 31-year-old Hubble Space Telescope made another incredible discovery-it discovered an “unbalanced” spiral galaxy that was dragged and deformed by the gravity of another nearby galaxy. NASA shared an amazing image of the galaxy named “NGC 2276”, which is located in the constellation Cepheus, about 120 million light-years away from Earth. In the image, the dust of blue stars surrounds the yellow core, just like a scene in the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, when the artificial intelligence Ultron attacked and tried to swallow another artificial intelligence developed by Tony Stark. Weiss, also known as Iron Man.
NASA stated that the spiral galaxy looks a bit unbalanced due to the “tug-of-war of the Milky Way.” NASA captioned the post on Instagram: “A nearby galaxy is gravitationally pulling its blue stellar disk, pulling the stars on one side of the galaxy outward.
In a statement on its website, NASA stated that a bright center made up of older yellow stars is usually located directly at the center of most spiral galaxies, adding that “but the bulge in NGC 2276 appears to be off-center. Move to the upper left corner”.
“Actually, the neighboring galaxy to the right of NGC 2276 (NGC 2300, not shown in the picture) is gravitationally pulling its blue stellar disk, pulling the stars on one side of the galaxy outwards, distorting the galaxy’s normal fried-egg appearance. “NASA said. This kind of gravitation between galaxies close enough is not uncommon in the universe, but all encounters at such close distances look different.
User Ilaibaah wrote when commenting on this picture on Instagram: “This is the largest tug-of-war competition I have ever seen.”
“Is that galaxy the main cause of those blue stars?” asked a person with the username Geejay1976.
Another user, Astro.nor, said that the color of stars is determined by temperature. “The blue star is hotter and the red star is colder (but still very, very hot),” the user added.
Spiral galaxies are twisted collections of hot young stars and gas. Most of the galaxies discovered by scientists, accounting for about 72% of all galaxies, are spiral galaxies, rather than elliptical and irregular galaxies. Our Milky Way is an example of a spiral galaxy.
Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope is an international cooperation project between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA. In April of this year, to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA released a celebratory image of one of the brightest stars in our galaxy, named AG Carinae, about 20,000 light years away.
According to NASA, since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has made more than 1.4 million observations because it can observe the universe “at a glance.”