Snake-Like Spiral Galaxy Captured in Iconic Hubble Telescope Image
The majestic beauty of space was on display in an incredible image snapped by the iconic Hubble Space Telescope.
The majestic beauty of space was on display in an incredible image snapped by the iconic Hubble Space Telescope. The telescope‘s Wide Field Camera 3 turned its gaze to the snake-like spiral galaxy NGC 1087, situated in the constellation Cetus.
The image, released Jan. 25, 2021, showcases NGC 1087‘s pinwheel-like structure. Located 65 million light-years away from Earth, the galaxy has a bright central bar of stars, flanked by long arms sprinkled with new stars and dark, dusty lanes.
The Hubble telescope has revealed the galaxy‘s intense star formation, as seen in the bright, blue regions sprinkled throughout the arms, which is most likely due to the presence of active star nurseries gripping small clouds of gas and dust.
The mix of star colors also offers hints to the mix of stellar ages — from old, red stars to bright blue, newborn stars. This mix of colors is a sign of a maturing galaxy.
The newly-released Hubble image provides a glimpse of the awe-inspiring beauty of space, and of the grandeur of the majestic NGC 1087 spiral galaxy.