"Smiley Face" spotted in Space

February 10, 2015 3:38 PM

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In ancient times, people imagined the outlines of animals, people and more in the arrangement of the night stars above them. Many became the familiar constellations. Now astronomers have turned up what looks like a smiley face in the center of this photo. It was taken with cameras on the Hubble Space Telescope.

Two glowing orange eyes seem to hover above a nose that looks like a white button. Those eyes actually are very bright galaxies, roughly 4.5 billion light-years away. The apparent smile and edge of the face don't truly exist. Their curving lines are a light distortion. They are due to an effect know...

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