Some of the most spectacular affairs in the Universe take place when particular stars reach the end of their lives and explode theatrically explode while they die. This type of explosions, known as supernovae, usually take place in a few different manners.
These processes have, as a result, the birth of an extremely bright cosmic object that can compete with the light of an entire galaxy any day. When scientists observe the deep space, they usually end up discovering all sorts of new things. Humans have managed to achieve a serious level of impressive imaging tools development for observing distant bodies in space.
However, capturing photographs of incredible cosmic objects, such as a distant galaxy, from numerous angles is not something obtainable. Depending on the perspective of a galaxy in proportion with Earth, scientists may only obtain a blurry image. Other cosmic bodies make it possible to capture them whole, with their every detail, and the galaxy dubbed NGC 5468 can be, most definitely, included in the latter group.
An Astounding View
According to a NASA report, the Hubble Space Telescope captured an astounding image of the swirling galaxy. NGC 5468 has been one of the galaxies targeted by astronomers for observations for the last two decades. After the galaxy was discovered, scientists have snapped images of a few supernovae explosions taking place within it.
According to NASA, the location of it makes it feasible to observe star explosions from Earth.
“Despite being just over 130 million light-years away, the orientation of the galaxy with respect to us makes it easier to spot these new “stars” as they appear; we see NGC 5468 face on, meaning we can see the galaxy’s loose, open spiral pattern in beautiful detail in images such as this one from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope,” the space agency explained.
The Hubble Space Telescope continues to do a great job in spite of its advanced age. The telescope was launched almost 30 years ago into space by both the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, and it shows no signs of giving up at any point soon. Both space agencies believe the spacecraft could survive in space for another decade.