Hubble is nearing the end of his life, but is still able to deliver incredible performance. A new image, assembled from multiple Hubble snapshots, has given astronomers a breathtaking view of a distant collection of galaxies, the so-called Coma clusters, and there's a lot going on here.
The cluster, NASA says, consists of an abundance of 1,000 galaxies. That's not the number of stars or planets, but 1,000 galaxies . Yes, it's huge, and even though it's about 300 million light-years away from Earth, Hubble's observations have yielded tens of thousands of old star clusters that fill in between neighboring galaxies.
NASA Explains Hubble to be Sharp The resolution is sufficient for the researchers to identify 22,426 star clusters scattered across the larger coma cluster. NASA refers to them as "the earliest homesteaders of the universe" and says they appear as "snow-globular islands with several hundred thousand ancient stars".
Astronomer Juan Madrid of Australia's Australian National Telescope Facility and his team worked on creating the mosaic of many different Hubble images to draw a more detailed picture of the cluster. The group developed computer algorithms to comb archives of Hubble images from the cluster and then match them with other snapshots from various observational campaigns.
The end result is this insanely detailed insight into a collection of galaxies and star clusters that you see I would never see with the naked eye. I would recommend taking a look at the full size image to fully appreciate the crazy number of exhibits.
It's crazy to think about it, but Hubble was founded back in 1