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Capturing a ‘Cosmic Snow Globe’: Hubble Telescope Spends 15 Years Crafting Striking Image

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The Hubble Space Telescope captured a stunning image of the chaotic dwarf galaxy UGC 8901.

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Capturing Cosmic Chaos: Hubble’s 15-Year Image Journey of Irregular Galaxy UGC 8901

Astronomers call UGC 8901 a merry mess, a distinctive irregular galaxy that deviates from the conventional smooth elliptical or complicated spiral patterns. It displays stars and luminous gas in a chaotic but spectacular spectacle.

Astronomers define irregular galaxies by their forms, which can come from interactions with neighboring galaxies or intensive star production. UGC 8901’s story is unknown, yet its disordered star arrangement resembles life’s volatility.

The latest Hubble image of UGC 8901 uses 15 years of Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys data. Reddish clouds of interstellar hydrogen lit by hot, new stars develop among the sparkling brilliance of older stars. Distant galaxies add to the brilliant backdrop.

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UGC 8901’s Role in Reheating Hydrogen Gas and Shaping Galaxies

Dwarf galaxies like UGC 8901 may have reheated hydrogen gas in intergalactic space during the universe’s expansion following the Big Bang, which intrigues scientists. Heating hydrogen gas was essential for the universe’s evolution.

Studying dwarf galaxies like UGC 8901 helps recreate the genesis of grand spiral galaxies like the Milky Way and Andromeda from small, disordered structures. This illuminates the complicated mechanisms that shape galaxies over time.

READ ALSO: This Hubble Image of a ‘Cosmic Snow Globe’ Took 15 Years To Complete

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