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Stunning pictures from space that look like animals on Earth are mesmerizing the world

NASA publishes new pictures of galaxies that look like a penguin laying an egg in space instead of snow.

Stunning pictures from space that look like animals on Earth are mesmerizing the world
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There is nothing more beautiful and infinite than the universe. The space carries both allure as well as appeal and with every new snap, it succeeds in getting humans more under its spell. NASA's social media account is filled with such wondrous gems from the beyond to trap humans. The most recent one is of a "Cosmic Noot." The beautiful images were captured through the Spitzer and NASA Hubble Space Telescopes and uploaded on NASA's official account on Instagram. It comprises two bodies that on first glimpse look like a penguin and an egg. However, in reality, these are two galaxies. In the last few decades, the organization has found many other galaxies apart from the Milky Way in space. These two are also a part of those discoveries.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Philippe Donn
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Philippe Donn

The whole snap seems like a vision from a natural setting in which a penguin is featured after having laid an egg. The egg part seems to have a uniform "turquoise" glow, while "twisted filaments of blue and red outline the penguin shape." There are some rusty lines visible from the penguin's "beak" to its "torso."⁣ To enhance the animal imagery in the second picture a border is outlined on the galaxies. Astronomers regularly capture such pictures from space from the Hubble Space Telescope. At present, the telescope is a joint venture between NASA and ESA. It is primarily operated by AURA's Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland

The last known galaxy to be found by researchers was Andromeda. The Penguin and Egg pair is 10 times farther than Andromeda from Earth. Per the post, they are approximately 23 million light years away. NASA concludes that the "penguin" part looks the way it does because of being pulled by the "egg" part. Similar to the Milky Way Galaxy, the "penguin" part of the pair, officially recognized as NGC 2936 also contains within it a "mix of features–new stars, strands of gas, and others." The presence of all these features makes the galaxy pop out more compared to the "egg" part, which has been named NGC 2937. The egg part appears more subtle in texture because it primarily consists of a smooth pattern formed by old stars. The pair together is known as Arp 142.

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Arp 142 is situated in the southern constellation Hydra. Researchers believe that as time progresses, these two galaxies will merge into one. The pair first came into human knowledge after they were spotted by astronomer Halton C. Arp in the 1960s. This phenomenon of merging has also occurred with other galaxies like Milky Way. The pair is not alone, as it is surrounded by another bluish galaxy titled UGC 5130. This galaxy is much closer to the Milky Way compared to the pair.

Though these galaxies look breathtakingly beautiful, unfortunately, in all probability, they do not have any vitality or complex life forms like Earth. In their study, Tsvi Piran and Raul Jimenez concluded that of the approximately 100 billion galaxies in the universe, only one in 10 can support life. The reasoning behind it is gamma-ray bursts that have the power to wipe away any complex life form. They do so by first damaging the ozone layer, which in turn brings ultraviolet radiation, leading to mass die-offs.

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