NASA Captures Stunning View Of Virgo Galaxy Located 52 Million Years Away; See Pic

Last Updated: March 18, 2024, 18:15 IST

The image was captured by NASA’s Hubble telescope. (Photo Credits: Instagram)

The image was captured by NASA’s Hubble telescope. (Photo Credits: Instagram)

The images sparked an overwhelming response from online users, who flooded the comments section with admiration and praises for the cosmic spectacle unveiled by NASA.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) continues to mesmerise us with its awe-inspiring revelations from the vast expanse of the cosmic world. Recently, NASA unveiled breathtaking images of a dwarf galaxy, located an astonishing 52 million light-years away from our planet. The stunning image of the Virgo Galaxy was captured by the agency’s renowned Hubble Space Telescope.

The Virgo Galaxy serves as a habitat for relatively dense gas, a feature that subjects numerous galaxies, including the Virgo Galaxy itself, to the pressure it exerts. This phenomenon is known as ram pressure.

“The NASA Hubble Space Telescope imaged this dwarf galaxy, which lives 52 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo. The Virgo galaxy cluster is also home to some relatively dense gas, causing many galaxies like this one to live under the pressure it exerts, known as ram pressure,” stated the space agency in a social media post.

Further elaborating on the phenomenon, the space agency explained how ram pressure, exerted by intergalactic gas, can have a profound impact on star formation within galaxies like the Virgo Galaxy. This force operates in dual capacities, each with significant implications for the evolution of celestial bodies.

“Ram pressure from intergalactic gas can dramatically impact star formation in galaxies like this one. On one hand, the force can drive out gases and dust that lead to star formation, slowing or stopping star production entirely. Conversely, the pressure can compress these star-forming ingredients, boosting the formation of new stars.”

NASA provided a detailed description of the image to enhance clarity for viewers. “In this image, black space is dotted with orange and yellow stars and galaxies, widely ranging in shape and size. Prominent in the left portion of the image is a dusty spray of stars making up the dwarf galaxy. It glitters with small white and light-yellow stars,” the space agency wrote.

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The images sparked an overwhelming response from online users, who flooded the comments section with admiration and praises for the cosmic spectacle unveiled by NASA. “Mesmerising mess of sparkling beauty,” remarked a user while another expressed, “This is amazing tbh, I’m gonna live in space.”

Earlier, NASA captivated the world with spectacular images of yet another dwarf galaxy; this time situated in the constellation Coma Berenices, and located approximately 54 million light-years away from Earth.

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Similar to the Virgo Galaxy, this celestial neighbor is undergoing a highly energetic event known as ram pressure stripping that is driving unusually high levels of star formation in regions of the galaxy.

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