In this handout from NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope is grappled to Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-125 by the shuttle's Canadian-built remote manipulator system on May 13, 2009, in Space.
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have captured the most detailed image so far of the central part of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 613. The space shuttle Atlantis' mission is to overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope to extend its working life. ESA published the photos to commemorate the start of 2021.
Remarkably dense clusters of stars form amid these merging galaxies, and they are extremely bright, leaving telltale evidence of long-ago cosmic collisions.
How Did It Look Like?NASA and the European Space Agency's Hubble Space Telescope has gifted us with six rare views of galaxy mergers, and every one of them is a victor. These interactions are a key aspect of galaxy evolution and are among the most spectacular events in a galaxy's lifetime. Top left to right: NGC 3256, NGC 1614, NGC 4194.
The Hubble Imaging Probe of Extreme Environments and Clusters (HiPEEC) survey investigated how star clusters are influenced during collisions by the rapid changes that significantly increase the rate at which new stars are produced in these galaxies by observing the six galaxy mergers shown here.
These systems have been used by Hubble's ultraviolet and near-infrared observations to infer the age, mass, and extinction of star clusters and to examine the rate of star formation within these six merging galaxies. "In the last century alone, the Fireworks Galaxy (or NGC 6946) has experienced 10 observed supernovae". "This doesn't compare to the masses of the star clusters forming in colliding galaxies, which can reach millions of times the mass of our sun".
The HiPEEC researchers found the large star clusters in the merged galaxies remain very luminous even after the collision action has quieted down. The links can be dramatic to the galaxies in question, and visitors to Earth can safely see the remarkable effects thanks to Hubble's piercing eyes.
How Did Hubble Capture and Collaborated This?
NGC 613 is classified as a barred spiral galaxy for the bar-shaped band of stars and dust crossing its intensely glowing center. Notably, Hubble turned 30-years old last year and on its anniversary, NASA released previously unseen images of lovely celestial objects. The Hubble Space Telescope published 59 photographs of merging galaxies to mark its 18th anniversary in 2008, which can be discussed here.