NASA releases a spectacular picture of a gigantic cluster — ACO S 295 — which is 3.5 billion light-years away from the Earth captured by the Hubble telescope. It is in the center of an awe-inspiring number of other galaxies. A similar number of stars in the tiny southern constellation of Horologium also called the clock. Taken by the Hubble telescope, the cluster, evident as a brilliant spot, overlooks the center of this picture, both visually and physically. NASA says that the massive mass of the ACO S 295 has “gravitationally lensed” the light from environmental galaxies, because of which their shapes seem distorted.
When light passes by one of these huge spatial objects, its route slightly changes. This is known as gravitational lensing and it is evident in extraordinary cases. Only the best telescopes on the planet can see the events. One of such instruments is the Hubble Space Telescope.
In a statement, NASA adds, “Astrophysicists receive a natural magnifying glass with which they explore distant galaxies. However, gravitational lensing has artfully framed the center of this picture, creating a visually stunning scene.”
In an Instagram post, the space organization depicted the gigantic cluster and captioned the photo, “Let your mind meander… and enjoy.” The Instagram picture receives more than 6.44 lakh likes and many users have even commented on it.
A few comments on the pos include the following:
- Username ‘marisbum’ writes “That huge bright one in inside looks like paradise”
- ‘santiagodelgad0′ says “the only thing that gets through my mind is that we are not actually alone in the universe”.
The Hubble Space Telescope releases 31 years ago as a partnership project between the US and the EU. It is the first most important optical telescope to be positioned in space and has a clear view of the universe. NASA frequently shares cosmic pictures taken by its Hubble telescope on social media.
The Hubble, following its release in 1990, has made more than 1.4 million studies as it has a “clear view” of the universe, as per NASA.