Nearing completion of 32 years of activity, the Hubble Space Telescope never tires of surprising us with increasingly impressive images. being. This time, a record presents us with what appears to be a beautiful pair of transparent wings hovering in Universe.
Would it be tangible evidence of celestial beings, such as angels, archangels, and cherubs, flying over an enormous area? To the disappointment of many, no. But it is still something magical and beautiful like that.
These amazing “wings” are the result of the constant collision between two galaxies Far, it belongs to the VV689 system, dubbed… Angel Wings.
This system is located in the constellation Leo, according to a statement by European Space Agency (ESA). The distinctive appearance of the wings is the result of a catastrophic encounter between two galaxies that were in the process of merging billions of years ago.
“Unlike the alignment of galaxies that only appear to overlap as seen from our viewpoint on Earth, the two galaxies in VV689 are in the midst of a collision,” the ESA statement reads. “The galactic interaction has left the VV689 system almost completely symmetrical, giving the impression of a wide array of galactic wings.”
The image is part of a citizen science project called Galaxy Zoo — a crowdsourced astronomical initiative that involves the work of hundreds of thousands of volunteers, who help astronomers classify galaxies through data from robotic telescopes.
Another similar project, called Radio Galaxy Zoo, uses the same collaborative approach to identify supermassive black holes in distant galaxies.
Interesting objects detected by both Citizen Science Projects have been selected for further observation using the Hubble Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). These targets – from ring-shaped galaxies to unusual spirals and galactic mergers – are determined by public voting.
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