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This galaxy is getting bigger by ‘swallowing’ smaller galaxies! Hubble Telescope took the picture – News

The Hubble Space Telescope, deployed in space for the last 30 years, has been making us aware of the nuances of this universe. There is not a week when we do not get to see the image taken by this telescope. Now it has captured the spectacular sight of a vast galaxy. It is more than twice as big as our Milky Way galaxy. It is an elliptical galaxy, known as NGC 474, located at a distance of about 100 million light-years from Earth. The Hubble Telescope captured the central region of this galaxy closely, which reveals its size. However it has another feature.

During its survey, the Hubble Telescope’s advanced cameras captured a new image of NGC 474. For this, data from the Telescope’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 and Wide Field Camera 3 were also used.

NASA According to NGC 474, our galaxy is 2.5 times larger than the Milky Way. But its large size is not the only feature of this galaxy. Recent observations from the Hubble Telescope suggest that NGC 474 has a complex shell structure that encircles its edges. What kind of structure this is, it is not yet known, but it may be that this galaxy absorbs a galaxy smaller than itself. Absorbing galaxies are thought to produce the waves that form the structure of NGC 474. The US space agency NASA says that about 10 percent of elliptical galaxies have shell structures.

The Hubble Telescope is a joint project of the American space agency NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). It has been uncovering the hidden mysteries of space for 30 years. This telescope has made more than 13 lakh observations so far.

However, now this telescope is towards its old age. NASA launched the James Webb Space Telescope as its successor last year. James Webb of $10 billion (about Rs 75,785 crore) is the most powerful observatory ever sent to space.

It is currently going through the deployment phase and can fully start its work from summer this year. James Webb has also been developed jointly by NASA and the European Space Agency. Its purpose is to shed new light on the origin and evolution of the universe.

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