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11.20.19
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Colliding Galaxies Look Like the Glowing Eyes of a Ghostly Face

October 30th 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Hard Science
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Ghostly Face

Even NASA is getting into the Halloween spirit.

On Tuesday, the agency released an image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope — and it depicts what looks like a ghostly face with glowing spiral eyes.

Galactic Horror

Obviously, there isn’t really a giant face staring us down from 704 million light-years away. But what we’re actually seeing in the new Hubble image is just about as wild: a collision between two galaxies.

“Each ‘eye’ is the bright core of a galaxy, the result of one galaxy slamming into another,” NASA wrote in a news release. “The outline of the face is a ring of young blue stars. Other clumps of new stars form a nose and mouth.”

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Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Dalcanton, B.F. Williams, and M. Durbin (University of Washington)

NASA Halloween

This isn’t the first time NASA has bridged the gap between the scientific and the spooky.

For Halloween 2018, the agency released Hubble images of a glowing ghost nebula and a “bat shadow” formed by a young star. Four years prior to that, it shared an image of the Sun that looked remarkably like a flaming jack-o’-lantern.

READ MORE: Hubble Captures Galaxies’ Ghostly Gaze [NASA]

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