Hubble Image of the Week – A Beautiful Whorl

In the whole universe, there are unlimited galaxies. Scientists have discovered many, but still many need to be discovered. These galaxies come in different shapes and sizes. One of the famous galaxy types that we see in the Universe is the spiral galaxy. Today, scientists have captured a beautiful whorl galaxy, NGC 2985, using the Hubble Space Telescope.

The view of NGC 2985 is looking so splendid that they have called it ‘Hubble Picture of the Week’. It’s located in the constellation of Ursa Major at about over 70 million light-years.

Hubble Galaxy NGC-2985
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Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Ho

The image depicts the incredibly complex yet nearly-perfect symmetry of the galaxy. There are multiple tightly-wound spiral arms that widen as they whorl outward from the bright core of the galaxy.

The spiral arms of the galaxy slowly fad and dissipate until the majestic structures of the galaxy disappear into the emptiness of the intergalactic space. Thus, it gives a splendor view of the end of the galaxy.

Over the years, spiral galaxies are found to run into other galaxies and consequently resulting in mergers. These merging events make up the winding structures of the original galaxies. That’s how the galaxies make up a smooth, round shape. These structures possess a beauty of their own that’s distinct from the spiral galaxies from where they are made up of.

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Ho


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