As technology advances, scientists are able to decipher the distant mysteries of outer space, thanks to the tools they design. This time the Hubble telescope of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA, for its acronym in English) captured images of incredible the Evil Eye galaxy.
The Evil eye not feared villain of Sauron from the saga The Lord of the Rings, but is a spiral galaxy located at 17 million light years away in the constellation Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair), and her name is NGC 4826.
It was discovered by Edward Pigott in March 1779, and cataloged by Charles Messier in 1780; a remarkable feature of most spiral galaxies such as the NGC 4826 it is the multitude of arched arms that apparently rotate from the center of the galaxy.
Why is it known as the ‘Evil Eye’?
This galaxy is often known “Black Eye “or the” Evil Eye ” due to the dark band of dust sweeping one side of its bright core, according to the ATA. It is very interesting for researchers, since the gas in the outer regions of this galaxy and the gas in its inner regions are rotating in opposite directions, which could be related to a recent merger. In addition, new stars are constantly forming in the region where the counter-rotating gases collide.
A lifetime of service
the Thubble space telescope, which is operated by the POT and the THIS, has spent more than 30 years observing different characteristics and cosmic phenomena, will soon be relieved by the James webb, to be sent into space before the end of 2021.