JAKARTA – A glimmer of light, nicknamed ‘Ghost Light’, managed to surprise scientists. This light was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope from the galaxy ESO 300-16 which is about 28.7 million light-years from Earth.
The ghostly light appears to shine quite brightly in the constellation Eridanus and appears as a celestial cloud of twinkling stars against the dark background of space, providing a captivating view of the cosmic environment.
“The galaxy ESO 300-16 is visible above this image. It’s a collection of stars that resembles a glittering cloud,” a European Space Agency (ESA) official said as quoted by Space on Thursday (24/8/2023).
This latest view of ESO 300-16 was taken using the Advanced Camera for Surveys instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope, a joint mission led by NASA and ESA.
This is part of a series of investigations aimed at observing near-Earth galaxies, with the mission observing around three-quarters of galaxies believed to be within 32 million light-years of Earth.
ESO 300-16 is classified as an irregular galaxy due to its indistinct shape and the absence of a nuclear bulge or spiral arms. Instead, it resembles a cloud in shape, made up of many small stars gathered together.
The stars emit a soft, diffuse light that surrounds a bubble of bright blue gas in the galaxy’s core. The brightest foreground objects represent nearby stars and galaxies.
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