For 30 years of service, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Take millions of photos of interesting events. It has captured some of the most incredible sights in the universe, delighting space lovers. Today, one of these images of a gigantic spiral staircase sweeping through space is among the latest images released by the US space agency.
On Twitter, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared a stunning image of the M51 galaxy, also known as the Whirlpool galaxy. “Behind and around us…Be swept away by the curved arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy, the pink star forming regions and the bright blue strands of star clusters,” NASA wrote in the caption .
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This “hypnotic spiral galaxy” was captured in visible light using the Hubble Advanced Camera for Surveys. Since being shared, the post has racked up over 10,000 likes and hundreds of comments.
“Wish there was an AI that could interpret images and turn them into music. Would love to hear what this image looks like,” wrote one user. Another added, “It’s so beautiful in there and all the lights are beautiful.” A third user said, “How beautiful, I can’t take my eyes off it.”
according to Press releaseThe graceful, winding arms of the beautiful spiral galaxy M51 are actually long corridors of dust-filled stars and gas, the space agency has explained. These impressive arms are the hallmark of the so-called “great spiral galaxy project”, she said.
“In M51, also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, these weapons serve an important purpose: they are star-forming factories, compressing hydrogen gas and creating clusters of new stars,” NASA added.
Additionally, the agency explained that in the captivating image, red represents infrared light as well as hydrogen in regions of giant star formation. On the other hand, blue color can be attributed to young and hot stars while yellow color can be attributed to older stars. M51 is located 31 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Canes Venatici.