Cooking the News

Today's pairing: Hubble's space smile + open-faced sandwich

This is Cooking the News, a daily column that pairs food with the news.

Galaxy photo, NASA & ESA. Eggs photo, Michael Graydon.

Galaxy photo, NASA & ESA. Eggs photo, Michael Graydon.

The news: It appears humanity’s obsession with emojis has finally breached the stratosphere — NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope recently snapped a picture of a gargantuan galaxy cluster known as SDSS J1038+4849, and it looks an awful lot like a smiley face. Rather than speculating as to whether this is, in fact, the friendly visage of an omniscient being, astronomers have attributed the amiable smirk to a process called “strong gravitational lensing,” which occurs when the pull between two neighbouring galaxies warps the space-time boundaries surrounding them. And the glassy outline encircling it all? That’s an “Einstein Ring,” named for the man whose general theory of relativity neatly explains this cute deep-space phenomenon. Anyway, this is all very cool, but for its next trick, can SDSS J1038+4849 try the salsa dancer?    

The dish: A welcoming open-faced breakfast sandwich. Top your toast with sautéed greens, two eggs for eyes and — if you’re really feeling the cold, unending blackness of the universe — a prosciutto smile. Get the recipe here.

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