Asteroids photobombing distant galaxies captured by NASA Hubble telescope
New Delhi : Scattered in deep space, galaxies have never been captured in such breathtaking form. NASA Hubble telescope spotted numerous solar system asteroids photobombing various distant galaxies.
The asteroids captured in the picture stands at an approximate distance of 160 million miles from the Earth.
The Hubble telescope clicked this image of a random patch in the space as a part of the Frontier Fields program - which has been organised in partnership with NASA and other observatories to study six giant galaxy clusters.
In the image, you can spot numerous “yellowish ellipticals and majestic blue spirals” alongside comparatively smaller fragmentary blue galaxies.
“Intruding across the picture are asteroid trails that appear as curved or S-shaped streaks. Rather than leaving one long trail, the asteroids appear in multiple Hubble exposures that have been combined into one image,” NASA explained in a statement.
“Of the 20 total asteroid sightings for this field, seven are unique objects. Of these seven asteroids, only two were earlier identified. The others were too faint to be seen previously. The trails look curved due to an observational effect called parallax. As Hubble orbits around Earth, an asteroid will appear to move along an arc with respect to the vastly more distant background stars and galaxies.”