Nasa’s Hubble Space telescope has once again left everyone mesmerized with the image of globular cluster Terzan 2.
Nasa’s Hubble Space Telescope, continues to capture stunning views of the cosmos. The US space agency has recently treated us with a breathtaking view of the globular cluster Terzan 2 in the constellation Scorpio captured by the Hubble Telescope. “Globular clusters are stable, tightly gravitationally bound clusters of tens of thousands to millions of stars found in a wide variety of galaxies,” Hubble scientists explain. Nasa reveals that the intense gravitational attraction between the closely packed stars gives globular clusters a regular, spherical shape and it appears as a crowd of a multitude of glittering stars. The globular cluster looks quite similar to the image of Terzan 9 captured earlier this year. However, both the clusters Terzan 2 and Terzan 9 are in different parts of the sky – Terzan 2 is located in the Scorpio constellation while Terzan 9 is in the Sagittarius constellation.
Hubble captured the image via its Advanced Camera for Surveys and its Wide Field Camera 3. “Despite having only one primary mirror, Hubble’s design allows multiple instruments to inspect astronomical objects,” the Hubble scientists noted. They further added that the light from distant astronomical objects enters Hubble where the telescope’s 8-foot primary mirror collects it and sends it to the secondary mirror that reflects the light into the depths of the telescope where smaller mirrors can direct the light into individual instruments.
THis isn’t the first time that Hubble Space Telescope has sent some mesmerizing images from the galaxy. Earlier this week, Hubble captured a “galactic gem”: the CGCG 396-2 galaxy merger – an uncommon multi-armed galaxy merger. It is reportedly 520 million light-years away from Earth and located in the direction of the constellation Orion.
Meanwhile, Nasa’s James Webb Space Telescope has also sent the first series of images leaving researchers overwhelmed. The world’s largest telescope is set to observe everything from the “cliffs of star formation” to the presence of water on a distant exoplanet and “cosmic dance” of black holes.