A recently released photo of the Hubble Space Telescope shows the edge of the galaxy “sombrero” glowing in the dark.
This galaxy is called the “Little Sombrero” because of its appearance as a hat; its official name is NGC 7814 or Caldwell 43, depending on your catalog.
The dusty spiral is named after the famous Sombrero galaxy, which is slowly suspended from us and appears very bright because of its proximity.
NASA officials wrote last month that two galaxies (Sombrero and Little Sombrero) are almost identical.
“Against the backdrop of the farthest galaxies, Little Sombrero has a bright centerpiece, a small disk filled with dust, and a glowing halo of gas and stars rising into space,” NASA officials said.
Officials added in a May 12 update that Little Sombrero is “about 40 million light-years from Earth, 80,000 light-wide, and billions of years old.” In contrast, the Sombrero galaxy is 28 million light-years away.
The Little Sombrero image was first acquired in 2006 using visual and infrared visualization by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. It is not uncommon for scientists to revisit such ancient photos as a long-term study of the cosmos or cosmos.
“The ideas were taken to assist astronomers in studying the number of galaxies, as well as to help illuminate the emergence of this and similar galaxies,” NASA said in a 2006 report.
Hubble has been active since 1990, providing more than 32 years of long-term visual change in objects ranging from gas clouds to outer planets. It is expected to continue operating for several years now, working closely with NASA’s next-generation James Webb Space Telescope, launched in December 2021 and is officially due to launch this July.