Saturday, 14 January 2017

A new spiral galaxy to solve space puzzles

This image was taken by Hubble Space Telescope few days back. It reveals the discovery of a new spiral galaxy. The spiral galaxy is known as RX J1140.1+0307. It is in the Virgo constellation, which presents an interesting puzzle.

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has yet again successfully discovered a new spiral galaxy. Scientists are trying to utilize this new galaxy to solve puzzles regarding space whereabouts. Hubble Space Telescope, ever since its launch has discovered beautiful galaxies and stars, and presented rare picture of space which kept scientists and the media awestruck. It was launched in 1990 and since then it has worked its parts out and changed our thinking about our Universe and Space. This image was taken by Hubble Space Telescope few days back. It reveals the discovery of a new spiral galaxy. The spiral galaxy is known as RX J1140.1+0307. It is in the Virgo constellation, which presents an interesting puzzle. NASA said that at first glance the galaxy looked quite similar to any other spiral galaxy that was seen earlier. But studies are being conducted and very soon this thinking might change.

NASA also added, “The Milky Way galaxy, like most large galaxies, has a super massive black hole at its center, but some galaxies are centered on lighter, intermediate-mass black holes. RX J1140.1+0307 are such a galaxy. In fact, it is centered on one of the lowest black hole masses known in any luminous galactic core.”  
Initially, when Hubble Space Telescope was launched, its rare view mirror collapsed a bit, which meant that it would send only, blurred images to earth. However, it was NASA’s first space skyrocket and they worked out the image mirror in 1993. The telescope has taken some iconic pictures of space which cannot be ignored. These pictures have helped scientists to find a lot about space. Hubble Space Telescope, during its space voyage has also let scientists know that there are 10 to the power 11 galaxies present in the space. It has successfully found some. It’s most recent discovery is the spiral galaxy.

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the telescope. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, conducts Hubble science operations. STScI is operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy in Washington, D.C. The telescope was launched in 1990 and since then it is the largest telescope in space. HST has helped scientists in exploring the deepest corners of the universe and has beamed back millions of stunning shots in its entire career. However, HST will be replaced by the James Webb Telescope in 2018 as it has thrice larger lens when compared to HST.

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