Space Spider: Hubble photographs an unusual galaxy

The Hubble mission team has released a new image of the space object. This time, the telescope photographed the galaxy UGC 5829.

Galaxy UGC 5829, also known as the Spider Galaxy. Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Tully, M. Messa

UGC 5829 is located at a distance of 30 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Leo Minor. It doesn’t look at all like beautiful spiral galaxies similar to our Milky Way. The structure of UGC 5829 is distorted and it is dotted with a large number of bright pink areas. These are regions of active star formation, where new luminaries are being formed. Blue gas accumulations are also highlighted in the photo. They glow brighter than the core of UGC 5829.

Astronomers classify such galaxies as irregular. In addition to the official designation, UGC 5829 also has a nickname. It is sometimes called the Spider Galaxy. Most likely, this is due to the fact that the distorted galactic arms are “crowned” with bright stellar maternity hospitals and somewhat resemble the clawed paws of an arachnid.

Curiously, there is another galaxy in space with a similar nickname, the so-called Spiderweb Galaxy (its official designation is MRC 1138-262). It has nothing to do with UGC 5829. The Spiderweb Galaxy is located much further away from us — we see it as it was 10.6 billion years ago.

Earlier, we talked about how the James Webb Telescope noticed the merger of the first galaxies in the universe.

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