NASA Releases Galactic Ghost Image

We recently posted the cosmic Jack-O-Lantern discovered by NASA. Now, those nerdy trick and treaters have found a cosmic ghost to go with the flaming pumpkin. What is wonderful about this picture is that it is actually quite scary when you learn how it was formed.

The image was taken in June of Arp-Madore 2026-424 system 704 million light-years from Earth. It is the result of a head-on collision, causing a ring that will last around 100 million years. It was formed by each of the disks of each galaxy being stretched out by the collision with an array of gas, dust and stars pulled into this shape. Each of the two glowing eyes are the center of a galaxy.

The image is from the Hubble Space Telescope.

7 thoughts on “NASA Releases Galactic Ghost Image”

  1. Why believe in the nonsense of a god when the facts of the Big Bang and all that transpired in the first second of inflation are far more miraculous!

    1. If dark matter is a major part of what we see, or don’t see in the universe, where does the big bang thing come from, not to mention a guess at the age of this place?

  2. I have a hard time conceptualizing this event. I’m not sure I have the verbal skill to express my problem.

    But it has to do with the idea this happened 704 million light years away.

    Doesn’t that mean the light created by the event – which allows us to see it – happened 704 million light years ago? How can we see a photograph today of something that happened 704 million light years ago?

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