Images from NASA Hubble Space Telescope Show what remarkably looks like a giant jack-o-lantern in the sky. The “pumpkin” is actually a picture of the early stages of a collision between two galaxies.The pumpkin face is made up of two aging red stars that make up the eyes and give the region an orange tinge, and a crooked, blue smile made up of newborn star clusters. With a scattering of blue stars in the foreground, it looks like the pumpkin is dressed in glitter for Halloween.
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This “bigger pumpkin” is, of course, much bigger than Charlie Brown’s pumpkin. The entire view spans nearly 109,000 light years, which is roughly the diameter of ours Milky Way Galaxy according to NASA.
Although the region currently looks like a Halloween pumpkin to our eyes, the shape will soon dissolve as the pair of colliding galaxies become more intertwined. NASA predicts that this pair, 120 million light-years away in the constellation Canis Major, could become a giant spiral galaxy. The “smile” could be the beginning of the process to rebuild that spiral, researchers said in one NASA image description. The arm of the smile encompasses both galaxies and was most likely formed when interstellar gas was compressed as the galaxies began to merge.
Mostly when two Galaxies collideThey are losing their typical flattened disk shape and the stars in each galaxy are being transformed into a new football-shaped space, NASA said. Eventually they form an elliptical galaxy.
When the “bigger pumpkin” becomes a giant spiral galaxy, it is a rare achievement. There are only a handful of other examples in the universe, including Rubins Galaxieastronomers said in the NASA statement.
The mystery and intrigue of what kind of galaxy these two colliding galaxies will be fit their reputation as “the bigger pumpkin”. In “It’s the Big Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, poor Linus never caught a glimpse of the mysterious big pumpkin he was looking forward to so much.
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