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Hubble telescope captures images of two interacting galaxies: it may be one of his last photos

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NASA astronomers are working hard to make the most of the remaining time on the Hubble Telescope.

this Friday NASA Revealed what may be one of the last images from the Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990 and marked a milestone in modern astronomy. Now he has captured his two interacting galaxies, named Arp-Madore 608-333.

A pair of galaxies that “appear to float next to each other,” in the words of the space agency, But in reality they are deformed and absorbed due to the gravitational interaction between them. .

This image was taken specifically by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Research, as part of NASA’s effort to collect an archive for future study of Hubble data, which will soon be discontinued.

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and that’s it The telescope has already been in space for about 32 years, longer than experts have predicted its usefulness. That’s why we’re making the most of it now.

actually, His retirement is scheduled for 2021, with his successor, James Webb, on sale but astronomers have estimated that it could continue to operate for another period of time. Not sure when it will stop working .

Deciding how to allocate Hubble observation time is a long, competitive, and difficult process, with observations allocated to use every last second of available Hubble time.

space agency Calculate that there is some time wasted when adjusting the telescope to point at different targets To get around this, a “snapshot program” was implemented.

That was how I discovered the Alp Madore 608-33. Hubble’s empty moments are used throughout this program to maximize the time available.

β€œThe snapshot program not only produces beautiful images, but it also allows astronomers to collect as much data as possible with Hubble,” they add.

When it stops working, it’s James Webb who keeps the job. has been operational since July 2022.

Source: Biobiochile

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