NASA sent its Hubble Space Telescope into Earth’s orbit more than three decades ago. Although the next-generation James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was also lifted into space back in Christmas 2021, the good ol’ Hubble still seems to have plenty to prove.
Next week on Wednesday, NASA has something big to reveal for us all, and it’s coming from data collected by Hubble, according to Space.com.The space agency itself says that it will be “one for the record books.”
What could it be?
Nobody knows for sure what exactly NASA is talking about. Hubble has been the culprit for numerous space explorations involving planets, galaxies, and even dark energy. Our Universe goes through constant expansion due to that dark energy that allows it not to slow down and collapse into its own gravity.
For instance, one of Hubble’s most impressive discoveries from the recent past is represented by three galaxies that are “fighting” with each other.
A tumultuous trifecta ✨
A triple galaxy merger known as IC 2431 resides 681 million light-years away in the constellation Cancer.
— Hubble (@NASAHubble) February 18, 2022
One of the astronomers responsible for the Hubble Telescope said, according to Sci-News.com:
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured what appears to be a triple galaxy merger in progress, as well as a tumultuous mixture of star formation and tidal distortions caused by the gravitational interactions of this galactic trio,
The center of the image is obscured by a thick cloud of dust — though light from a background galaxy can be seen piercing its outer extremities.
Our Milky Way galaxy, on the other hand, contains somewhere between 100 billion and 200 billion stars. Astronomers estimate that most galaxies out there harbor hundreds of billions of stars as well. Doing a little math will let us conclude that there are countless stars in the entire observable Universe that are worth exploring.
Considering that the James Webb telescope is now in Earth’s orbit, astronomers hope that it could find alien life on another solar system one day. But who knows, maybe Hubble will achieve that goal instead.