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Bring us up! Galaxy Cluster Conflicts Appear as Enterprise Starship (Photo)



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Bring us up! Galaxy Cluster Conflicts Appear as Enterprise Starship (Photo)

A recently released composite photo of the Abell 1033 galaxy cluster, which is about 1.6 billion light years from Earth, brings a striking resemblance to Starship Enterprise from Star Trek.

Certification: X-ray: NASA / CXC / Leiden Univ./F. de Gasperin et al. Optical: SDSS; Radio: LOFAR / ASTRON, NCRA / TIFR / GMRT

Is this USS Enterprise blurring as it does the jump at warp speed?

Well no. But a new photo of the Abell 1033 galaxy cloud definitely calls into mind Star Trek's famous star.

The picture, released on Thursday (November 15th), is a composite material that combines observations in optical light as well as X-ray and radio wavelengths, the last two of which are represented by purple and blue colors respectively. [USS Enterprise Evolution : The Many Faces of Star Trek’s Favorite Starship]

Visual data was gathered from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, X-ray X-ray Observatory and radio from the Low-Frequency Array network in the Netherlands.

Abell 1033 is about 1.6 billion light years from Earth. The object is actually two clusters of galaxies found in a dramatic, extremely energetic smashup that creates shock waves and other forms of turbulence in this piece of space-time.

The fully renovated model of the USS Enterprise studio, from the Star Trek TV series, which is exhibited at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

The fully renovated model of the USS Enterprise studio, from the Star Trek TV series, which is exhibited at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Credit: Dane Penland / National Aviation and Space Museum

"In Abell 1033, the collision has interacted with another energetic cosmic process – the production of high-velocity jet particles from matter spiraling into an oversized black hole, in this case one located in a galaxy in one of the flocks," the mission Chandra team members wrote on Thursday in a description of the image.

"These jets are revealed by radio broadcasting on the left and right sides of the picture," they added. "Radio frequency emission is generated by electrons spinning around magnetic field lines, a process called synchrotron emission."

The observed radio frequency emission at Abell 1033 extends amazingly 500,000 light years, Chandra team members reported. The electrons responsible for this broadcast have been reactivated, a result that the researchers announced and explained in a study in October 2017. You can read it online for free at arXiv.org.

The recently released image is an example of pareidolia, which describes the tendency of the human brain to see known patterns in more or less random data. Other examples include the famous "Face on Mars" and the various creatures seen by some peoples on the rocks of the Red Planet photographed over the years by NASA's Curiosity rover.

Mike Wall's book on the search for extraterrestrial life is out there outside "Out There" (Grand Central Publishing, 2018, pictured by Karl Tate). Follow it on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us @Spacedotcom or Facebook. Originally published on Space.com.

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