While NASA is waiting to get the James Webb Space Telescope up and ready, the Hubble Space Telescope is still providing astonishing images of the distant parts of the Universe. Now, Hubble is following a far-distant and dusty galaxy located at about 70 million light years away from the Earth.
Launched in 1990, NASA and ESA jointly-operated Hubble Space Telescope offered a lot of stunning pics with the space objects in the distant Universe.
In its most recent observation, Hubble pinpointed NGC 4036, a dusty galaxy situated at 70 million life years away from the Earth. You can see the extraordinary image of the before-mentioned galaxy at the beginning of the article.
While other galaxies present some particular forms of their gas and dust, such as spiral galaxies (Milky Way) or elliptical ones, NGC 4036 is characterized by the random organization of gas that encircles its bright core. Also, the misty appearance of NGC 4036 is no glitch of the Hubble’s camera, but it’s exactly what it looks like – a dense dust cloud that encompasses the whole galaxy.
Hubble space telescope snapped a surprising dusty galaxy at 70 million years away from Earth
“This galaxy is known for its irregular lanes of dust, which form a swirling spiral pattern around the center of the galaxy. This core is surrounded by an extended, hazy aura of gas and dust that stretches farther out into space and causes the warm, fuzzy glow that can be seen here. The center itself is also intriguing; it is something known as a LINER-type (Low-Ionization Nuclear Emission-line Region) galactic nucleus, meaning that it displays particular emission lines within its spectrum,” is how NASA describes the NGC 4036 galaxy.
Also interesting, there is a bright yellowish star right in below the distant and dusty galaxy. One might think that’s belonging to NGC 4036, but in reality, it’s just a star that has gotten in the way.
On the other hand, astronomers highlighted that, since NGC 4036 is 70 million light years away from the Earth, what Hubble’s snapped is the form the dusty galaxy had a very long time ago, so its appearance might be very distinct today.
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