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Just in time for Halloween, NASA’s Hubble spots giant Space ‘Pumpkin’

The remarkable image is a snapshot of the early stages of a collision between two galaxies, NASA explained. "The entire view is nearly 109,000 light-years across, approximately the diameter of our Milky Way," it added.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | October 31, 2020 9:34:37 pm
halooween, halloween 2020, nasa hubble, nasa space pumpkin, nasa space halloween pumpkin, nasa halloween space photos, indian expressRemarking about the orange hue of the 'great pumpkin', the agency said it corresponds to the "glow of aging red stars in two galaxies". (Source: nasahubble/ Instagram)

With people celebrating Halloween with spooky pumpkin cravings, NASA too has joined the bandwagon, with their out-of-the-world entry. To mark the festival, the space agency released photos and video of the newly discovered “greater pumpkin.”

Pictures from NASA’s Hubble Telescope recently spotted something that looks remarkably like a giant jack-o’-lantern in the outerspace — two brightly lit eyes and a crooked smile. “Sorry Charlie Brown, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is taking a peek at what might best be described as the “Greater Pumpkin,” that looks like a Halloween decoration tucked away in a patch of sky cluttered with stars,” the agency wrote on its website.

The remarkable image is a snapshot of the early stages of a collision between two galaxies, NASA explained. “The entire view is nearly 109,000 light-years across, approximately the diameter of our Milky Way,” it added.

Remarking about the orange hue of the ‘greater pumpkin’, the agency said it corresponds to the “glow of aging red stars in two galaxies”. The dark bluish tinge of the grin is due to “newborn star clusters, spread out like pearls on a necklace, along a newly forming dusty arm”.

In case you’re wondering what’s responsible for the brightly lit, glowing eyes, scientists explained that it’s a huge concentrations of stars around a pair of supermassive black holes.

And if you’re into more spooky Halloween decorations in space, NASA has many offerings this year. Earlier this week, Hubble also spotted what the agency described as a giant bat. “The universe has bats in the attic!” it wrote while sharing a GIF.

And as the annual celebration is incomplete without a trick or treat tradition, NASA showed how universe has a ” cosmic candy” in store for all Halloween fans. NASA Hubble also shared an image of what looks like a huge candy in hues of green, blue and orange, which is actually the “outer layers of a dying Sun-like star.”

People on social media loved the spooky treat for the occasion, when celebrations are quite different this year, with revellers urged to avoid large gatherings.

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