The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released an image of a galaxy captured by the Hubble Telescope, which astronomers say has an unusual, distorted form resembling the letter “S” from Earth, as well as a narrow filament of black matter. Snaking across it.
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Hubble’s view details the galaxy’s thin, twisted dust as it sweeps through the core of the galaxy and curves through the surrounding gas.
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Hubble’s view of this part of NGC 3718 reveals in detail the thin, curved dust lane, as it sweeps through the core of the galaxy and bends into the surrounding gas, the researchers said. On Wednesday, NASA shared a picture of the spiral galaxy on Twitter.
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According to NASA, Hubble captured this image in visible and infrared light as part of a study of the center regions of disk-shaped galaxies with significant star bulges in multiple configurations.
Since the huge dust lane is visible and obscures most of the ultraviolet rays, the nucleus of the galaxy is difficult to observe in visible or ultraviolet light, but it can be seen in infrared light, which passes through the dusty part, it added.
NGC 3718, also known as Arp 214, is thought to have developed its distinctive form as a result of gravitational interactions with NGC 3729, a neighboring spiral galaxy about 150,000 light-years away.
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The red star formation line that extends to the 9 o’clock position, as well as the black tendril of dust extending to the 7 o’clock position, is probably due to this encounter.
The goal of the study was to better understand the link between the mass of the supermassive black hole and the properties of the galactic bulge, as well as to look at star formation on the galactic scale from the nucleus to the disk, NASA said.