NASA's Hubble Telescope finds smiling face in space

Hubble Space Telescope returned to normal operations on October 26 after successfully recovering a backup gyroscope that had replaced a failed one three weeks earlier. Aside from the smiling mug there's a lot to take in from this image. In some cases, gravitational lensing causes some lights from distant celestial sources to look like a ring or a bubble in space.

NASA astronomers photographed the space structure, which is similar to a smiley face of two bright yellow balls and arcs in the form of the mouth. So gravitational lensing acts as a kind of magnifying glass for dim, far away galaxies and allows researchers to observe them easily. But many galaxies in the line of sight also appear distorted.

NASA hopes to analyze the luminosity, the size, and the rate of formation of stars in different stellar nurseries from various points in time throughout the universe.

This optical phenomenon took place due to the birth of a new star when she came out of a giant cloud of gas, the so-called stellar nurseries. Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 is capable of seeing distant galaxies in unparalleled resolution, yet, high enough to locate and study regions where new stars are forming.

NASA scientists captured in space "silhouette of a bat", which in reality is the shadow of a massive star, called among astrologers HBC 672. But flight controllers were able to restore Hubble's optimal performance by switching to a backup gyroscope.

Studying the lives of other galaxies can shed light on how gas turns into a giant star.

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Earlier, scientists have uncovered the mystery of black holes in the Universe.

Vanessa Coleman

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