It’s official — NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is back in action after a computer anomaly suddenly shut down the 32-year-old system for a month. And in celebrating its comeback, Hubble released two spectacular new images on Monday showing the depths of the universe.
Over the weekend, the telescope captured both a “rarely observed” pair of colliding galaxies, and a large “unusual” spiral galaxy, NASA announced. The spiral galaxy captured has three arms, while most galaxies of that kind have an even number.
The images were captured as part of a program at the University of Washington in Seattle.
On left, Hubble captured ARP-MADORE2115-273, a rarely observed example of a pair of interacting galaxies in the southern hemisphere. On right, Hubble captured ARP-MADORE0002-503, a large spiral galaxy with unusual,