Are the stars running away from a cosmic crash? Well, NASA’s Space Telescope Hubble has something to say about this! A spectacular collision is suspected between two spiral galaxies. Will this result in a chaotic stampede of the fleeing stars?
NASA’s Hubble telescope
We are familiar with the Hubble Space Telescope that is responsible for carrying out mission from the NASA Origins Program. The Hubble Space Telescope is a joint project that has resulted due to an international cooperation formed between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).
Whether its Hubble’s discovery of a new moon that orbits around Neptune, the faraway blue-green planet or whether it’s NASA's detection of the stellar blast termed kilonova, it’s the Hubble space telescope that has carried the news to the US space administration.
Spiral galaxies to collide?
Space often has extravagant events that are captured by the astronomical pictures. These pictures may be shrouded in the mysteries of perspective but at least they make us take a step closer to the mysteries of the unknown.
NASA may be all ready to view a chaotic stampede in the future!! NASA suspects that two spiral galaxies may be ready for a dazzling crash and a dwarf galaxy full of bright stars may just be gearing up to take flight from the collision scene.
Dwarf galaxy ESO 489-056
But folks, the news may be true that the collision of the spiral galaxies is going to happen but the reality is going to take place a million light years away. This collection of stars is an irregular and remote galaxy that has been named ESO 489-056. The collision that will happen in actuality will be far off the vicinity of the blue and red stars that are visible near the spiral galaxies. The foreground of the image highlights a sprinkling of bright stars, but the asymmetrical dwarf galaxy ESO 489-056 is much farther off than these stars and our Milky Way.
If we take our local universe into consideration then the ESO 489-056 is positioned nearly 16 million light-years from Earth. The ESO 489-056 is composed of billions of sparkly blue and red stars and is situated in the constellation of Canis Major or The Greater Dog.
NASA affirms that the dwarf galaxy has lesser number of stars as compared to the Milky Way and other galaxies. The Andromeda Galaxy records a whopping one trillion stars , even the Milky Way has approximately 200 to 400 billion stars.