Brilliant spiral galaxy spotted by Hubble in new image

Brilliant spiral galaxy spotted by Hubble in new image

Brilliant spiral galaxy spotted by Hubble in new image

While the James Webb Space Telescope has been getting a lot of attention lately, its predecessor is the Hubble Space Telescope continues to impress; this time from the galaxy NGC 6956, a near-perfect example of a barred galaxy about 214 million light-years away from Earth.

Striped galaxies, which take their name from the very prominent “bar” of stars that traverse the galactic core are among the most common types galaxies in the known universe, which make up an estimated 70% of all galaxies (opens in new tab). Rod structures are also much more common in galaxies with active galactic nuclei, as gas and other material is carried along these rods to the galactic core.





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