Space Invader!

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posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 02:36 PM
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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.

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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.


Source: Hubble




posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 02:52 PM
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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.


Source: Hubble


What is that in the top right of the second picture?? Looks like a fighter jet or something??






 
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