Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300
Posted on 03/25/2012 11:05:15 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Big, beautiful, barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300 lies some 70 million light-years away on the banks of the constellation Eridanus. This Hubble Space Telescope composite view of the gorgeous island universe is one of the largest Hubble images ever made of a complete galaxy. NGC 1300 spans over 100,000 light-years and the Hubble image reveals striking details of the galaxy's dominant central bar and majestic spiral arms. In fact, on close inspection the nucleus of this classic barred spiral itself shows a remarkable region of spiral structure about 3,000 light-years across. Unlike other spiral galaxies, including our own Milky Way, NGC 1300 is not presently known to have a massive central black hole.
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Oh, pretty, that looks like an agate!
Too bad we’ll never see a picture of our own galaxy from a distance.
Three astronomers walk into a Barred Spiral Galaxy...
Or a flushing stool. :’)
The hi-res is awesome.
An agate is prettier! ;) Seriously, my uncle used to do lapidary and he would cut thin slices of agate and polish them and they looked something like that galaxy. I’m always amazed at how many things in nature look very like another.