NASA scientists captured in space "silhouette of a bat"

James Marshall
November 7, 2018

NASA explained that using an unprecedented resolution of the Hubble's camera it was able to locate and study regions of the star formation. Two yellow-hued blobs hang atop a sweeping arc of light, NASA said in a statement.

The play of light creates a huge shadow.

The arc-shaped galaxy is due to it being gravitationally lensed, which basically means its light passed near a massive object causing it to become distorted and stretched out of shape.

Analyzing the luminosity, size and rate of formation of young stars in such images, the NASA researchers hope to better understand how stars are formed in cold parts of the Universe.

After an issue at one of its gyroscopes, NASA's Hubble space telescope went back online and has been running in its normal mode since on October 26th, after the NASA scientists successfully conducted the recovery of the faulty gyroscope that caused Hubble to go into "Safe Mode" about three weeks earlier.

When stars are born, they emerge from giant clouds of gas, called stellar nurseries. Over time, these nurseries become unstable, succumbing to gravitational forces until they become the seeds that give birth to new stars. How many of those stars have planets in orbit, and how many of those planets are like Earth? It's important to study stellar formation within different galaxies to gain a richer context, which is why Hubble had its gaze fixed on a galaxy cluster.

Hubble has made more than 1.3 million observations since its mission began in 1990 and helped publish more than 15,000 scientific papers.

Hubble has the pointing accuracy of.007 arc seconds, which is like being able to shine a laser beam focused on Franklin D. Roosevelt's head on a dime roughly 200 miles away.

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