For the first time ever, Hubble telescope has recorded two galaxies merging present nearly at a distance of 230 million light-years in the constellation of Hercules. The picture of the main galaxy NGC 6052 has been captured with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on board the NASA/ ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
In a statement, the space agency said, “It would be reasonable to think of this as a single abnormal galaxy, and it was originally classified as such. However, it is in fact a 'new' galaxy in the process of forming”.
It added that two separate galaxies have gradually drawn together, after being attracted by gravity, and have collided. It said that they have been seen merging into a single structure.
When the merging process continues, goes forward, individual stars are forced to leave their original orbits and are place onto totally new paths, some out of which are quite distant from the area of the collision itself.
The light that we see is produced by the stars, thus the ‘galaxy’ now apparently has a quite chaotic shape.
The statement read that ultimately the new galaxy will come back to a stable shape, which probably won’t resemble either of the two original galaxies.
The space telescope Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble. It is the only telescope that has been designed to be serviced in space by astronauts.
The IBN Live notes that, in a first, Hubble telescope has captured two galaxies merging located around 230 million light-years away in the constellation of Hercules.
The image of main galaxy NGC 6052 was taken with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
"It would be reasonable to think of this as a single abnormal galaxy, and it was originally classified as such. However, it is in fact a 'new' galaxy in the process of forming,” the space agency said in a statement.
In other news TheQuint reported, As the merging process continues, individual stars are thrown out of their original orbits and placed onto entirely new paths, some very distant from the region of the collision itself. Since the stars produce the light we see, the “galaxy” now appears to have a highly chaotic shape.
"Eventually, this new galaxy will settle down into a stable shape, which may not resemble either of the two original galaxies."
In a statement provided to DispatchTribunal, the galaxy may seem to be old from the way it has been shaped, but NASA says that the galaxy in the image is a new one being formed out of merger of two galaxies. The image is that of the galaxy NGC 6052 which is also known as Mrk 297, LEDA 57039 and Arp 209. Hubble captured the image using its Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2).
Located in the constellation of Hercules, the young galaxy is a massive star forming site as well. Astronomers at NASA have revealed through their analysis of Hubble data that the stars are being knocked off their course, thrown out of their original orbits and placed onto entirely new paths.