And simply days earlier than a software program glitch briefly shut down the Hubble Area Telescope, the long-lasting spacecraft despatched residence a surprising picture of the large, lovely, and brilliantly blue galaxy. NASA uploaded the picture of NGC 2336, a galaxy positioned about 100 million light-years from Earth within the constellation of Camelopardalis (aka the Giraffe), on Friday, March 5, two days earlier than the telescope unexpectedly shut down. (The telescope has since resumed operations.)
In a statement about the new image, NASA calls NGC 2336 “the quintessential galaxy.” NGC 2336 is a barred spiral galaxy, which means it has a star-dense middle within the form of a bar, with arms that spiral out from the ends of the bar. The galaxy can be very massive, 200,000 light-years throughout in line with the NASA assertion.
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That is removed from the biggest galaxy to be found, the honour of which fits to IC 1101, which is 50 occasions the dimensions of our Milky Manner at 5.5 million light-years throughout. Nonetheless, it is on the big finish of most spiral galaxies, which can measure between about 16,000 light-years and 300,000 light-years across.
The brilliant blue stars twinkling all through NGC 2336’s spiral arms make the galaxy particularly lovely. These are younger stars, which give off vivid, blue mild. At NGC 2336’s middle is a darker, redder space comprised largely of older stars.
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