In the spirit of Halloween, NASA recently uploaded an image showing two nearby galaxies that, due to their close proximity, appear to resemble one giant pumpkin. This led to the space agency nicknaming the galaxies the ‘Greater Pumpkin’.
The two galaxies that make up the Greater Pumpkin are named NGC 2292 and NGC 2293 and are located 120 million light-years from the constellation Canis Major. The Greater Pumpkin contains brightly glowing red stars located above a cluster of newly born stars which spread out to form what NASA describe as ‘a crooked carved smile’. Each of the galaxies are also home to a pair of ‘supermassive black holes’.
The impressive pumpkin orange colour comes from the glow of the aging red stars in the galaxies, while the dim blue hue seen in the bottom left corner of the image is caused by the newborn star clusters.
Take a look at an image of the Greater Pumpkin below:
Along with providing us with this spectacular image, which was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA also produced a short video showing off some of the galaxies strangest formations, including the Giant Tarantula Nebula.
Take a look at that video below: