Recently, NASA and European Space Agency’s (ESA) Hubble Space Telescope captured breathtaking images of two luminescent galaxies. The two galaxies are individually known as the Northern Galaxy UGC 2369 (UGC 2369N) and the Southern Galaxy UGC 2369 (UGC 2369S) and the telescope captured mutual gravitational attraction between both the galaxies. And now, Hubble telescope observed a weird globe in the sky. The mysterious globe is actually a gas surrounding an ageing star. Yes, you read it right.
According to a report of firstpost.com, the star is named as ‘NGC 2022’ and it is a part of the Orion constellation. It is worth mentioning here that Orion is a hunter in Greek mythology. When you look in the image, you will be able to see an object shining in the middle of the gaseous blob. The object is a star. The star held all that gas within itself at one point, but age did a number on it.
Take a look:
Ageing Star (Photo credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Wade)
Previously, Hubble telescope have spotted 4,000th exoplanet. The exoplanet is named as WASP-121b. It had also found an unexpected thin disc very close to a supermassive black hole. According to a report in spacetelescope.org, the unexpected thin disc of material was found encircling a supermassive black hole at the heart of the spiral galaxy NGC 3147, located 130 million light-years away.
Hubble telescope was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and is still in operation. It is the largest, most versatile telescope in use. It was built by NASA with collaboration from the European Space Agency.