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Hubble spies 'ghost lights' of dead stars

By T.K. Randall
November 1, 2014 · Comment icon 9 comments

The breathtaking vista shows a vast and distant galaxy cluster. Image Credit: NASA/Hubble
The space telescope has photographed the eerie remnants of long dead stars in a distant galaxy cluster.
The celestial light show comes courtesy of a group of 500 galaxies that were gravitationally torn apart several billion years ago.

Known as Pandora's Cluster, the vast cosmic clash saw countless stars being flung off in to the void of space as galaxies were pulled to pieces by the intense gravitational forces of their neighbors.
The view consists of some 200 billion outcast stars that were thrown from their home galaxies over a period of 6 billion years.

"The Hubble data revealing the ghost lights [is an] important step forward in understanding the evolution of galaxy clusters," said astronomer Ignacio Trujillo. "It is also amazingly beautiful in that we found the telltale glow by utilizing Hubble's unique capabilities."

It took astronomers a total of more than three years to build up the incredible image.

Source: Astronomy | Comments (9)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by TWO OF HEARTS 10 years ago
nice. but have we managed to capture a black hole on film yet?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Realm 10 years ago
A really beautiful picture. Remnants of what once was.
Comment icon #3 Posted by DemonicCupcake 10 years ago
You've gotta wonder. Is there somebody out there in the far far future, looking at us in a photograph long after we are gone, and we don't even know it?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Mikenator 10 years ago
has anyone ever noticed how whenever something happens it always happened billions years ago
Comment icon #5 Posted by DemonicCupcake 10 years ago
has anyone ever noticed how whenever something happens it always happened billions years ago Well, we'll know whats happening now in a few billion years, at least!
Comment icon #6 Posted by coolguy 10 years ago
This is awesome great picture
Comment icon #7 Posted by Karasu 10 years ago
You've gotta wonder. Is there somebody out there in the far far future, looking at us in a photograph long after we are gone, and we don't even know it? Mind....blown.
Comment icon #8 Posted by fazhaji78 10 years ago
Subhanallah, those galaxies...we're not alone
Comment icon #9 Posted by the.truth.is.out.there.x 10 years ago
That's so cool! its like looking back in time. Too bad we don't have the technology to zoom in and see what was happening on the individual planets. Its also cool to think that if we moved a few thousand light years from earth, we would be looking at the light earth gave off thousands of years ago.


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