A team of researchers recorded a remarkable image if a stunning galaxy that is surrounded by streaks of red dust, or tendrils, thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope.
Hubble Space Telescope Observed A Stunning Distant Galaxy Covered With Tendrils
Known under the name of NGC 1022, the galaxy is classified as a barred spiral galaxy. Several stars are visible in the center of the galaxy, while the red streaks seem to come from the exterior.
The bar of stars found in the center of the galaxy is considerably less imposing in comparison to the ones sported by other barred galaxies. The Hubble Space Telescope is one of the most essential and iconic tools that are used by scientists to learn more about the elusive secrets that can be found in space.
It carries the name of the renowned Astronomer Edwin Hubble, and along with the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory, it forms the group called Great Observatories. NASA operates the four.
James Webb Telescope Will Soon Replace The Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble sorts an impressive 2.4 meter (or 7.9. feet) mirror, and with the help of a series of instruments, it can detect objects in the ultraviolet, near-infrared and visible light. The strategic position of the telescope, which is located beyond the distortion point that can be encountered in the atmosphere of our planet, facilitates the ability to capture high-quality images with a minimal amount of interference.
It is one of the most robust spacecraft developed by NASA. In April 2020, the agency will celebrate 30 years of service offered by Hubble, and it is estimated that it may remain operational until up to 2040.
NASA and its international partners are also hard at work on the development of a new space telescope that should replace Hubble. The James Webb Space Telescope should be launched toward the end of March 2021. A significant amount of images collected by Hubble are available for free on the internet.