Hubble photographs a meandering spiral

The Hubble mission support group has published a new image of a deep space object. It shows the spiral galaxy NGC 5486.

Galaxy NGC 5486 (Hubble photo). Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA, C. Kilpatrick

The galaxy photographed by Hubble is located at a distance of 110 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Ursa Major. It is classified as a spiral galaxy. Hubble’s photo shows its thin disk. It is permeated with pink clusters of regions of active star formation, which stand out against the background of the scattered glow of the galactic core.

Although NGC 5486 has a spiral structure, it is not very pronounced. Nevertheless, in terms of its morphology, it resembles a galaxy like M101, also known as a Pinwheel. Such objects are characterized by the presence of well-designed spiral arms that clearly emanate from their center and give them the appearance of a pinwheel firecracker. It is believed that about 10% of all spiral galaxies belong to this type.

The NGC 5486 image was taken by Hubble during a project aimed at studying the remnants of Type II supernovae. They are formed as a result of the collapse of giant stars. Before ending their lives with a blinding explosion, such luminaries emit a huge amount of gas and dust. In 2004, an outbreak of a similar supernova occurred in NGC 5486. Astronomers used the sharp vision of Hubble’s cameras to study its effects in hopes of learning more about the nature of these explosive events.

Earlier, Hubble photographed the “jellyfish galaxy”.

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