Mesmerizing golden spiral

The picture below was taken by the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory (ESO VLT). It features the amazing galaxy NGC 4254.

Galaxy NGC 4254. Source: ESO / PHANGS

NGC 4254 is located 49 million light-years from Earth in the line of Veronica Hair constellation. It is classified as a spiral galaxy with a regular structure. Such galaxies are characterized by strong, bright, well-defined spiral arms surrounding the central area.

The image of NGC 4254 is a combination of individual photographs taken in different spectral bands — i.e.  at different wavelengths of light. This allows us to observe clouds of gas ionized by newborn stars. Gaseous hydrogen, oxygen and sulfur are marked in red, blue and orange, respectively.

The photo was taken as a part of the PHANGS project (Physics at High Angular resolution in Nearby GalaxieS). Its purpose is to observe near galaxies with high angular resolution at all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum and to study in detail all stages of the star formation cycle in these galaxies.

You can also admire the image of the galaxy in which the supernova erupted.

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