We are now familiar with seeing beautiful images of space taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t seen its beauty yet – and this image of the Abell 3827 galaxy cluster definitely fits that description.
What you’re looking at here are hundreds of galaxy clusters of varying shapes and sizes that are about 1.4 billion light-years away from Earth, with the elliptical ESO 146-5 located right there. It is thought to be one of the largest galaxies. In a universe known for its strong gravitational lens effect. (Denoted by unequal blue halo)
Light at four different wavelengths is captured and combined to create this truly amazing image, and the more you look at it, the better it will be.
The Advanced Surveying Camera (ACS) and Wide Field 3 Camera (WFC3) aboard the Hubble were used to capture what you see here.
“Looking at these hundreds of galaxy clusters, it is amazing to remember that less than 100 years ago, many astronomers believed the Milky Way was the only galaxy in the universe,” said the European Space team. The Agency (ESA) said the photo.
“The possibility of other galaxies has been debated before. But this didn’t really end until Edwin Hubble confirmed that the large Andromeda Nebula was actually too distant to be part of the Milky Way. ”
The Abell 3827 is of particular interest to astronomers because it is thought to contain dark matter in pockets, a rare and invisible mass that can make up up to 85 percent of the total amount of material available.
While studies of Abell 3827 and other galactic clusters like this are still ongoing, But we were happy to sit and look at the size and quality of images that Hubble telescopes can produce here.
The telescope recently celebrated 31 years of celestial breakdowns, releasing images of AG Carinae, a super-bright giant star as it battles self-destruction, a star 70 times larger and 1 million times brighter than our Sun.
Last year, for Hubble’s 30th birthday, we received a number of new photos released to reflect the occasion. Since heading into space in April 1990, the telescope has photographed approximately 1.5 million stars, planets and galaxies.
There is even a catalog with many titles. But we think this latest image may be one of our favorites from the entire Hubble Space Telescope collection, and as research on dark matter continues, we expect to find out more. About Abell 3827 along the way
You can read more about the images at the ESA website.