The Smiley in the New Galaxy

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured a formation of galaxies that looks like a smiling face. On Saturday, NASA posted an image on its Instagram handle that showed two yellow orbs above an arc of light — painting a smiley face in space. The image boasts an unprecedented resolutio of Hubble’s telescope. The American space agency Asked its followers to find the face. NASA explained that using unprecedented resolution of the Hubble’s camera it was able to locate and study regions of star formation. 

The arc of light is a galaxy whose shape has been distorted and stretched as a result of passing a massive gravity source, according to the NASA. 

The lower, arc-shaped galaxy has the characteristic shape of a galaxy that has been gravitationally lensed — its light has passed near a massive object en route to us, causing it to become distorted and stretched out of shape.


The smiling face is located in the galaxy cluster SDSS J0952+3434, and was shot with the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). The Hubble telescope returned to normal operations on October 26 after successfully recovering a backup gyroscope replacing a failed in October. Hubble was set to last 15 years, but even after 28 years, it is active in making scientific discoveries.

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