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Is that the USS Enterprise blurring as it makes the jump to warp speed?
Well, no. But a new photo of the galaxy cluster Abell 1033 certainly does call the famous "Star Trek" starship to mind.
Data - Sloan - Digital - Sky - Survey
The optical data was gathered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the X-ray by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the radio by the Low-Frequency Array network in the Netherlands.
Abell 1033 lies about 1.6 billion light-years from Earth. The object is actually two galaxy clusters coming together in a dramatic, hugely energetic smashup that's generating shock waves and other forms of turbulence in this patch of space-time.
Studio - Model - Starship - USS - Enterprise
The fully restored studio model of the starship USS Enterprise, from the TV series "Star Trek," which is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
"In Abell 1033, the collision has interacted with another energetic cosmic process — the production of jets of high-speed particles by matter spiraling into a supermassive black hole, in this case one located in a galaxy in one of the clusters," Chandra mission team members wrote Thursday...
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