If you’ve never seen a galaxy with tentacles, now’s your chance.
We know little about the millions and millions of galaxies that surround us, but we do know some general characteristics about their formation and composition. Recently, thanks to information published on the NASA website, we had the opportunity to to see with our own eyes type of galaxy that is not usual be able to observe and which is called jellyfish galaxy. Below, we explain the reason for its name and tell what we know about this interesting discovery by the NASA space telescope.
Galaxies scattered across the cosmos, with shapes and features that show their composition
O Galaxy that the Hubble telescope shows us in one of its last tweets was called JW100 and is the protagonist of a snapshot that invites us to tell what’s special about these jellyfish galaxies and how they were formed. According to information released by the US space agency, these gas wires that can be observed in the disk of the galaxy are formed by a process called drag pressure and what does it mean that the gas what is contained in it is being releasedchecking out the curious way of being marine.
Welcome to Galaxy JW100.
Located about 800 million light years away, it resides in the constellation of Pegasus.
—Hubble (@NASAHubble) March 24, 2023
That’s why astronomers, when they observe a galaxy with this kind of process going on, coined the term jellyfish, because we can see how the gas seems to behave as if it were still wet paint on a painting. In case of JW100we are talking about a jellyfish galaxy that is located 800 million light years from our position and which fits the constellation pegasus. As galaxies are often grouped together, we can say that the rest of elliptical compositions of the image are also galaxies in the same group.
Since the very origin of the universe, cosmic gas and dust have tended to come together to form stars, planets and other celestial bodies. Furthermore, the conjunction of several of them shows us how the galaxies are formed and we can watch them thanks, in this case, to Wide Field Camera 3 of the telescope hubble. Looking for the way stars are created in these jellyfish galaxies, we were able to witness one of them, being able to understand more one of the most complicated star formation processes in the cosmos.
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