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Cosmic 'ghoulish face' photographed by Hubble

Posted on Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 | Comment icon 7 comments

These two colliding galaxies are roughly the same size. Image Credit: NASA / ESA / Hubble
Just in time for Halloween, astronomers have captured a spooky visage of literally cosmic proportions.
Situated 704 million light years away, this remarkable face-shaped structure is actually two galaxies hurtling into one another - a slow-motion, head-on cosmic collision lasting billions of years.

The 'face' is made up of an outline of young blue stars with the two galaxies themselves being the two 'eyes' peering out across the depths of space.

It's a pretty good example of pareidolia - the tendency for the human brain to see meaningful shapes in otherwise abstract patterns. It's the same phenomenon that enables us to spot faces in clouds.
Known as the Arp-Madore system, these two colliding galaxies are expected to eventually merge after a couple of billion years or so while the outside ring will disappear within 100 million years.

What makes this particular collision so interesting - aside from the fact that it looks like a face - is the fact that the galaxies are of a similar size; most collisions observed by astronomers involve a much larger galaxy swallowing up a smaller one.

In around 4 billion years, our own Milky Way galaxy will collide with its nearest neighbor - Andromeda.

When this happens, like with the Arp-Madore system, both galaxies will merge to become one.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (7)

Tags: Hubble, Cosmos, Galaxy

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by reddevil19 on 29 October, 2019, 17:06
Comment icon #2 Posted by AllPossible on 29 October, 2019, 18:54
Looks like my ex-wife when she asks mefor child support
Comment icon #3 Posted by Orphalesion on 29 October, 2019, 21:33
I think it looks like the face of a friendly seal. Big round eyes and that snout with the mustache-looking whiskers below.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hankenhunter on 29 October, 2019, 21:38
" I am Groot?"
Comment icon #5 Posted by Manwon Lender on 30 October, 2019, 2:00
Maybe it the beginning of the face of God.
Comment icon #6 Posted by MissJatti on 30 October, 2019, 7:25
Wow ghouls are just not on Earth, they are even in outta space... Alien-Ghoul
Comment icon #7 Posted by Seti42 on 30 October, 2019, 11:14
I like how it almost looks like it's angled in a 3/4 view, lol. Nice. (Google '3/4 view' if you're not familiar with the art/illustration term, you'll see how common it is anytime a face is drawn or photographed.)

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