TheThis year’s broadcast may not be airing on TV, but check out Your Giant Pumpkin International OK. The Hubble Space Telescope spied on a galaxy that could pass by as a space jack-o-light.
Hubble – a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency – captured a terrifying scene of two galaxies colliding, and it reminded NASA of the peanut pumpkin, hence the nickname “Greater Pumpkin”.
“‘Great’ is a shortcoming in this case, because the galaxy spans 100,000 light-years.” NASA said in a statement on Thursday. “Pumpkin ‘glowing’ eyes’ are the bright, star-filled cores of each galaxy that have amazing black holes.” NASA pointed to the smile-like formation of stars curved beneath the pair.
The orange-esh color comes from the red stars. The galaxies, officially named NGC 2292 and NGC 2293, are still in the process of their slow-mo collision. Both could end up forming a giant spiral galaxy.
The constellations are located in the Canis Major galaxy 120 million light years away from us.
Greater pumpkin nickname is a good fit though, for fans Nightmare before Christmas You can see the strong resemblance to another popular Halloween character: Jack Skeelington.