There is no question that we all enjoy the immense fireworks display that we see on each Independence Day. Who doesn’t enjoy going out on the Fourth of July and looking at some of the awesome pyrotechnics?
Of course, if we enjoy it here on Earth, how much more would we enjoy it on a galactic scale? Well, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has a treat in store for you. They recently observed a meathook-shaped galaxy that had a tremendous fireworks display that everyone would appreciate!
First of all, this galaxy is called NGC 2442, and one of the main reasons why it has been dubbed the “meathook galaxy” would be due in part to the way that it maintains an asymmetrical and irregular shape.
This “meathook galaxy” is located just about 55 million light-years away from Earth, and it is now being characterized by a white dwarf that was part of a binary star system. This white dwarf ended up going supernova, and when it did it started getting a little bit more greedy than it should have, and it start gobbling up an immense amount of material from its companion star.
One result of this is that the whole entire galaxy began to go supernova and the star began setting up all kinds of radioactive explosions.
The star was only discovered in 2015, but it was even visible from Earth with the aid of a small telescope. This just goes to show you that there is no telling what amateur astronomers can find if they are just persistent! Keep looking at those stars! And at least these are the good kind of fireworks and not the political kind!
Are you surprised at some of the interesting things that the Hubble space telescope has been able to find? Feel free to comment on some of these amazing Hubble discoveries in the comments section below and tell us what you think!