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Hubble Space Telescope Spots Overlapping Spiral Galaxies


Published on: September 5, 2022,

The NASA Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and ESA. Hubble Telescope has pictured two overlapping spiral galaxies in a splendid image captured by telescope. The two galaxies lie a billion light years from the Earth and are named SDSS J115331 and LEDA 2073461. The appear to be collided in the image the alignment of these two galaxies by chance- the two are not actually interacting. Although these two galaxies might simply be ships that pass in night, Hubble has captured a dazzling array of interacting galaxies in the past.


The image shown is one of many NASA/ ESA Hubble operations which is highlighted into Galaxy Zoo project. The project was established in 2007 and its successors are massive citizen science projects which crowd source galaxy classification from a pool of hundred of thousands of volunteers. The volunteers classify galaxies imaged by robotic telescopes and are often the first to ever set eyes on an astronomical object.


Over the course of Galaxy Zoo project, volunteers have discovered a menagerie of weird and wonderful galaxies which includes 3 armed spiral galaxies and colliding ring galaxies. The astronomers coordinating the project applied spiral for Hubble time to observe the most unusual inhabitants of the Galaxy Zoo the list of targets was determined by a public vote.


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