NASA has revealed a mysterious galaxy lurking behind our own Milky Way galaxy and this was revealed by a Hubble Space Telescope image. Check out this spectacular photo.
The space is huge and it seems like it holds just as many surprises! And now NASA says the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been working for the past 32 years, has delivered another shocking and astonishing surprise. From new galaxies to mesmerizing moments of stars, planets and more, the Hubble telescope has always left scientists and everyone else in awe of the clarity of its photos and the things it has discovered in space. This time, a photo from the Hubble Space Telescope has shed light on a mysterious galaxy hiding just beyond our own Milky Way that has been around for millions of years!
The sparkling photo shared by NASA shows spiral galaxy IC 342, also known as Caldwell 5, located about 11 million light-years from Earth. This shared spectacular image gives a view of the center of the newly found galaxy, which displays entangled vortices of dust in dazzling components that envelop a core of hot gas and stars. Well, whatever you call this galaxy, scientists have found it difficult to spot it, which is why it’s nicknamed the “Hidden Milky Way Galaxy.” Also Read: Shocking Earth Problem Revealed! Know the enemy within
How NASA’s Hubble Telescope Discovered the ‘Hidden’ Galaxy
NASA explains why it remained hidden for so long. “It appears near the equator of the Milky Way’s pearly disk, which is full of thick cosmic gas, dark dust and glowing stars that all obscure our view,” NASA said in a statement. NASA said this hidden galaxy would be one of the brightest galaxies in our sky yet. Despite its brightness, this galaxy still doesn’t stand out in space. “If not obscured by so much interstellar matter, the Hidden Milky Way Galaxy would be one of the brightest galaxies in our sky. A relatively nearby galaxy, about 50,000 light-years across and billions of years old,” NASA added. Also Read: These Super Scary Black Hole Facts Just Revealed!
The galaxy’s core is a specific type of region called an H II core. It is a region of atomic hydrogen that has become ionized, a hub for the energetic birthplaces of stars where thousands of stars can be born over the course of a few million years. And each young, extremely hot, blue star emits some ultraviolet light that further ionizes the surrounding hydrogen gas.
Thanks to NASA’s Hubble telescope and its infrared capabilities, we can now see through the debris and scattered dust to get a clearer view of the galaxy beyond the interstellar matter. Well, this isn’t the first time, earlier in 2017 and 2010, that the same galaxy was seen through the Hubble telescope in breathtaking photos!