Originally posted by elevenaugust
Well, at least, that's what Pareidolia wants our brain to believe...
In fact, it's just an effect of a Gravitational Lens created by the gravitational field of a foreground cluster of galaxies warping space and distorting the background images of more distant galaxies.
The whole picture:
The universe is eerie enough without giving us an apparition of a 1980s video game alien attacker.
This oddball-looking object is really a mirage created by an effect, called gravitational lensing, can make multiple mirror image copies of the light coming from a far-flung galaxy. It is a powerful tool for seeing remote galaxies that otherwise would not be observable by Hubble because they are too dim and far away. In this Hubble photo a background spiral galaxy is warped into an image that resembles a cartoon of a simulated space invader. The foreground massive cluster, called Abell 68, lies 2 billion light-years away. The brightened and stretched lensed images come from galaxies far behind it.
What is that in the top right of the second picture?? Looks like a fighter jet or something??