Hubble has shown us many things, but these are some of the strangest images yet.
Oddly shaped galaxies, like the two on the left, a very different from the typical spiral galaxy (or cluster) the on the right that we are used to seeing. Additionally, the topmost one has a different color that normal.
Ironically, Astronomers use the Hubble sequence to classify galaxies according to their appearance and their shape. The scheme divides regular galaxies into 3 broad classes – ellipticals, lenticulars and spirals – based on their visual appearance . A fourth class contains galaxies with an irregular appearance.
Lenticular galaxies look similar to elipticals but aren’t.
So what we have are images taken by the Hubble space telescope that don’t conform to the Hubble sequence. There’s an awful lot of Hubble going on here. What else will go Hubble next? This is almost Bullhubble! (I couldn’t resist, and I did censor myself [you should have seen the first version of this post] ).
It is interesting to note how, this one man still continues to change our understanding of the Universe today.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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