In its 30 years of service, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured millions of images of exciting events. It contains some of the most amazing views of the universe, giving a treat to the eyes of space enthusiasts. Now, an image that looks like a giant spiral staircase sweeping through space is among the recent shares of the American space agency.
On Twitter, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared a great photo of the Galaxy M51, also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy. NASA wrote in the caption, “Round-the-world we go away … Let’s get away with the curved arm of the vortex galaxy, the pink star-forming region, and the bright blue strands of the star cluster,” NASA wrote in the caption.
We walk around …
Let the whirlpool galaxy take itself away from the curved arms, the pink star-forming regions, and the bright blue strands of star clusters. Exploration #GalaxyGalor With NASAHubble On @ Tumblr: https://t.co/F2kzCVAYBtpic.twitter.com/zVUKShxrEB
– NASA (@NASA) May 22, 2022
This “hypnotic spiral galaxy” was captured in visible light with an advanced camera for Hubble’s survey. Since sharing, the post has garnered 10,000 likes and hundreds of comments
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“If only I had an AI that could interpret images and turn them into music. I want to hear what this picture looks like, “wrote one user. “It looks very nice there and all the beautiful lighting,” added another. A third user said, “What a beauty, my eyes can’t move.”
According to a press note, the space agency explained that the captivating, rotating arms of the glorious spiral galaxy M51 are actually the long path of the star and the dusty gas. It states that this type of striking weapon is a feature of the so-called “grand-designed spiral galaxy”.
“On the M51, also known as the Whirlpool galaxy, these weapons serve an important purpose: they are star-forming plants, compressing hydrogen gas and creating new star clusters,” NASA added.
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Further, the agency went on to explain that in the impressive image, the red color represents infrared light as well as hydrogen within the giant star-forming region. Blue, on the other hand, can be attributed to hot, young stars while yellow can be attributed to older stars. Note that M51 is located in the constellation Canes Venatici, 31 million light-years from Earth.