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This awesome NASA image pays tribute to soccer king Pele

NASA pays a unique tribute to late soccer king Pele with a picture of a Spiral Galaxy. Here's how.

| Updated on: Jan 01 2023, 17:52 IST
James Webb Space Telescope captures STUNNING Cartwheel Galaxy: NASA
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1/5 The stunning image captured by the James Webb Space Telescope was released by NASA on August 3. The image showed the Cartwheel Galaxy spinning ring of colour in never-before-seen clarity. (NASA)
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2/5 The image was captured by the James Webb Space Telescope’s Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and MIRI instrument. It showed individual stars within the star-forming regions in the outer ring of the Cartwheel galaxy. It also shows clusters of very young stars around the galaxy's central supermassive black hole shrouded in dust. (NASA)
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3/5 The Cartwheel galaxy is located in the constellation Sculptor, around 500 million light years away from Earth. According to the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), the galaxy’s shape was developed because of a head-on collision between 2 galaxies which created 2 rings from the galaxy’s center like "like ripples in a pond after a stone is tossed into it.” (AFP)
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4/5 The stunning image captured by telescope showed areas rich in hydrocarbons and silicate dust, connecting the inner and outer ring of the galaxy. The Hubble Telescope had also earlier captured the Cartwheel, but it was a mystery due to the amount of dust that hinders the view. The new $10 billion telescope makes these features much easier to distinguish and study. (ESA/Hubble)
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5/5 However, the galaxy is still in transformation from the collision between the 2 galaxies. Therefore, the observations will change with time and it will be interesting to see what happens next. (NASA)
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NASA honours late soccer player Pele with a mesmerizing image of a spiral galaxy. (NASA / Instagram)

Pele, the three-time World Cup winner who is widely known as the greatest soccer player of all time, died on December 29, 2022 at the age of 82. The world is mourning the demise of the soccer King. It also triggered a wave of tributes from the sports world, his fans, and even beyond that. Now, the space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) joined others to pay a heartfelt tribute to the legend. And even NASA did it in a unique manner. NASA took to its Instagram handle to share an image of a spiral galaxy in the constellation Sculptor captured by the Galaxy Evolution Explorer satellite, or GALEX, showing the colors of Brazil.

"We mark the passing of the legendary Pele, known to many as the king of the "beautiful game." NASA said along with the shared spiral galaxy image. The space agency described the image as "an image of a spiral galaxy with spiral arms dotted with blue stars of varying intensity. The core of the galaxy is brightest, and the stars appear yellow-green.” The formation of stars in the image resembles the color of the national flag of Brazil which made NASA share the image to pay tribute to the Brazilian legend.

History of the GALEX

This unique image which paid tribute to soccer king Pele, was captured by GALEX, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer. It is an orbiting space telescope observing galaxies in ultraviolet light across 10 billion years of cosmic history. On 28th April 2003, a Pegasus rocket launched the GALEX into orbit. Earlier, it was planned for 29-months only, however, the NASA Senior Review Panel in 2006 recommended that the mission lifetime can be extended.

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The observations of the GALEX help scientists to know the basic structures of our Universe and how galaxies evolve over a period of time. Also, it is investigating the causes of star formation during a period when most of the stars and elements we see today came into being.

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First Published Date: 01 Jan, 17:52 IST