Hubble telescope photographs transitional spiral galaxy

The Hubble Telescope Team published a new image. It captures the galaxy IC 5332.

Spiral galaxy IC 5332. Image of the Hubble Space Telescope. Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Chandar, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST team

IC 5332 is located at a distance of about 30 million light-years from the Milky Way in the direction of the constellation Sculptor. It is oriented “face to the Earth”. This means that the disk of the galaxy is located in a plane almost perpendicular to the line drawn from the Earth, which allows us to consider its spiral structure in all its details.

Not all galaxies in the Universe are oriented to us in this way. A lot of them are observed at a large angle or even from the edge, which is clearly visible on the images of telescopes.

You can see the tortuous spiral arms of IC 5332 in all the details in the Hubble photo. The galaxy glows brightly in the center and dims to cool colors closer to the edges. In some places, its disk is cut through with dark dust threads. You can also pay attention to the bright glowing pink and orange bubbles. These are regions of active star formation.

IC 5332 is classified as a transitional type of galaxy between objects with and without a bar in the core. IC 5332 has a bar, but it is not as clear as other similar objects. At the same time, the galaxy also occupies an intermediate position according to the density of spiral arms.

Earlier we talked about how Hubble photographed a rare radio galaxy.

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