(ORDO NEWS) — The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered and photographed the spiral galaxy NGC 5486.
According to the Goddard Space Flight Center, in the resulting image, it literally hangs against the backdrop of dim, distant galaxies.
The image, specially processed for better perception by the human eye, was published on the website of the Goddard Space Flight Center. In the annotation to it, the spiral galaxy NGC 5486 is called incorrect.
From the description it follows that the thin disk of the galaxy is riddled with pink streaks of star formation that stand out against the background of the diffuse glow of the bright core.
“While this particular galaxy has fuzzy, winding spiral arms, it is adjacent to the much larger Pinwheel Galaxy, which is one of the best-known examples of a ‘grand design’ spiral galaxy with prominent and well-defined spiral arms,” the researchers wrote.
In 2006, Hubble took a picture of the Pinwheel Galaxy, which at that time was the largest and most detailed photograph of a spiral galaxy ever taken with this telescope.”
We add that the irregular spiral galaxy NGC 5486, called by experts, is located at a distance of 110 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major.
It is known that in 2004 a supernova explosion occurred in this galaxy.
By the way, the advanced camera of the Hubble telescope was aimed at this galaxy to study this cosmic phenomenon. As a result, scientists received a series of images that captured the debris left by the supernova.
As the authors of the study explain, when massive stars reach the end of their lives, they release massive amounts of gas and dust before ending their lives in supernova explosions.
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