NASA Hubble Space Telescope spots Hidden Galaxy behind Milky Way Galaxy!
Space is vast and it seems like it holds just as many surprises! And now NASA says that the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been working since the last 32 years, has delivered one more shocking and amazing surprise. From new galaxies to mesmerizing moments of stars, planets, and a lot more - Hubble Telescope has always left scientists and everyone else in awe due to the clarity of the photos and the things that it has discovered in space. This time, a Hubble Space Telescope photo has shed light on a mysterious galaxy that is hiding just behind our own Milky Way and it has been there for millions of years!
The sparkling photo that has been shared by NASA shows the Spiral galaxy IC 342, also known as Caldwell 5, which is located approximately 11 million light-years from Earth. This shared spectacular image brings a face-on view of the center of the newly found galaxy that displays intertwined swirls of dust in dazzling components that envelop a core of hot gas and stars. Well, whatever you call this galaxy, but scientists have had a difficult time spotting it and that is why it has earned it the nickname of the 'Hidden Galaxy'. Also Read: Shocking Earth problem revealed! Know the enemy within
How NASA's Hubble Telescope discovered the ‘Hidden' Galaxy
NASA explains why it remained hidden for so long. "It appears near the equator of the Milky Way's pearly disk, which is crowded with thick cosmic gas, dark dust, and glowing stars that all obscure our view," NASA said in a statement. NASA mentioned that this Hidden Galaxy would be one of the brightest galaxies in our sky so far. Despite its brightness, this galaxy still doesn't stand out in space. "Were it not obscured by so much interstellar matter, the Hidden Galaxy would be one of the brightest galaxies in our sky. A relatively close galaxy, it is roughly 50,000 light-years across and billions of years old," NASA added. Also read: These super-scary Black Hole facts just got revealed!
The core of the galaxy is a specific type of region called an H II nucleus. It is an area of atomic hydrogen that has become ionised, a hub for the energetic birthplaces of stars where thousands of stars can take birth over a couple million years. And each young, extremely hot, blue star emits some ultraviolet light which further ionises the surrounding hydrogen gas.
Thanks to NASA's Hubble Telescope and its infrared capabilities, we now can peer through the debris and scattered dust to have a clearer view of the galaxy behind the interstellar matter. Well, this is not the first time, earlier in 2017 and 2010, the same galaxy was spotted by the Hubble Telescope in some breathtaking photos!