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Beam Us Up! Colliding Galaxy Clusters Look Like Starship Enterprise (Photo)

A newly formed composite photo of the Abell 1033 galaxy club, which is approximately 1.6 billion light years from the…

A newly formed composite photo of the Abell 1033 galaxy club, which is approximately 1.6 billion light years from the ground, has a striking resemblance to Star Trek Star Trek from Star Trek.

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

Is the USS Enterprise blurry as it makes the jump to the speed?

Well, no. But a new photo of the galaxy club Abell 1

033 really calls the famous Star Trek star shot in the mind.

The image, released on Thursday, November 15, is a composite that combines sightings in optical light also as x-ray and radio wavelengths, the latter two being represented by the colors purple and blue respectively. [USS Enterprise Evolution : The Many Faces of Star Trek’s Favorite Starship]

The optical data was collected by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the X-ray image of NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Low-Frequency Array Network in the Netherlands.

Abell 1033 is about 1.6 billion light years from the earth. The object is actually two galaxy clusters that come together in a dramatic, hugely energized smashup that generates shock waves and other forms of turbulence in this plaster of space.

The fully restored studio model of the USS Enterprise star series Star Trek , shown at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

Credit: Dane Penland / National Air and Space Museum

“In Abell 1033 collision has interacted with another energetic cosmic process – the production of high speed particles through material that sprouts into a super-massive black hole, in this case one in a galaxy in one of the clusters, Chandra Mission Team members wrote on Thursday in a description of the image.

“These rays are revealed by radio emission on the left and right side of the image, “they added.” The radio emission is produced by electrons running around magnetic field lines, a process called synchrotron emissions. “

Observed The radio mission in Abell 1033 spans a lot of 500,000 light years, Chandra team members said. The electrons responsible for this release have probably re-energized, a result that researchers announced and explained in a study from October 2017. You can read it for free online at

The recently released image is an example of pareidolia, which describes the human brain’s tendency to see familiar forms in more or less random data. Other examples are the famous Face on Mars and the various creatures that some people see on the rocks of the Red Planet photographed over the years by NASA’s curiosity.

Mike Wall’s book on the search for alien life “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018, illustrated by Karl Tate) is out now. Follow him on Twitter @ michaeldwall . Follow us @Spacedotcom or Facebook. Originally published on

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