Rodger Thompson and his team has taken this beautiful image of a large new spiral shaped galaxy as part of its NASA’s Hubble Heritage program that resembles a multi-armed spiral fireworks. Each spiral arm is filled with bright hot blue glowing regions of ultraviolet wavelengths of light where new stars are being born.
This bluish-white spiral galaxy seems to hang suspended in the frozen vacuum of space. Like snowflakes, no two galaxies are exactly alike. Known as NGC 1376, this snowflake-shaped beauty has features that make it a one of a kind.
The less intense, red areas near the core and between the arms consist mainly of older stars. The reddish dust lanes are colder, denser regions where interstellar clouds may collapse to form new stars. Intermingled between the spiral arms are a sprinkling of reddish background galaxies.
NGC 1376 resides more than 180 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Eridanus. This galaxy belongs to a class of spirals that are seen nearly face on from our line of sight. This orientation aids astronomers in studying details and features of the galaxy from an unobscured vantage point.
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