As part of the New Year’s celebration, NASA / ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope has released a merger of six galaxies. These rare astronomical phenomena were captured as part of a recent expedition to examine the rate of new stars formation.
At the launch, NASA / ESA explained that these rare merging events showed galaxies drastically altered in the appearance and content of stars.
“These systems are excellent laboratories for tracking cluster formation under extreme physical conditions,” the organization wrote. “Typically, the Milky Way forms a cluster of 10,000 times the mass of stars. week This is not compared to the masses of star clusters forming in colliding galaxies that can reach millions of times the mass of our Sun. ”
These events give off a lot of light, and even after the collision, as the resulting galactic system fades in a more calm state, the large clusters will continue to shine brightly.
These images were selected from 6 out of 59 images that were published in early 2008 and most recently in October 2020.
“Based on the fusion studies of the six galaxies shown here, the Hubble Imaging Vehicle of Extreme Environments and Clusters (HiPEEC) examined how the cluster was affected during A rapidly changing collision that dramatically increases the rate of new star formation in these galaxies, ”wrote NASA / ESA.
“Hubble’s ability has made it possible to fix the ‘nodes’ that form large stars into small clusters. Hubble’s ultraviolet and near-infrared observations were used to determine the age of cluster mass and extinction and to analyze the rate of star formation within the six combined galaxies, the HiPEEC study reveals. It is seen that the constellation has undergone a rapid and large change in its properties, with the largest cluster formed at the end of the integration process. “
Image credits: Image courtesy of ESA / Hubble, NASA.