Deceptive serenity (photo)

The image below was obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope. It shows the spiral galaxy UGC 12295.

Galaxy UGC 12295 (Hubble photo). Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Filippenko, J. Lyman

UGC 12295 is located at a distance of 192 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Pisces. Similar to our Milky Way, it is classified as a spiral galaxy. Due to the fact that UGC 12295 is turned “face” to us, we can see its structure in all details, including a bright core and tightly twisted spiral arms. In the photo, you can also see a number of bright spots adorning them, corresponding to the regions of active star formation.

Despite the fact that, in the Hubble image, the galaxy looks like an island of tranquility, relatively recently one of the brightest events in the Universe took place in it. In 2015, a supernova broke out in UGC 12295. This prompted two groups of astronomers to use Hubble to study it at once.

The first team of researchers used the wide-angle camera WFC3 installed on Hubble to study the matter left after the supernova explosion. This will help to better understand the evolution of matter in our Universe. The second group of astronomers studied the consequences of a supernova explosion in UGC 12295 as part of a general overview of the locations of the closest events of this kind to Earth.

Recall that Hubble recently photographed the Dimorphos swarm of boulders surrounding the asteroid, left after the DART probe collided with it.

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