July 6, 2020 | 5: 14pm
The spiral pattern shown from the galaxy in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is striking because of its delicate, feathery character. These”flocculent” spiral arms signify that the recent history of star formation of the galaxy, known as NGC 2775, has been relatively quiet.
ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and th
Galaxies always appear special simply because of their massive size and ranges of stars, planets, and generally a black hole or sometimes more. They interesting, but some are definitely better looking than others. The Hubble Space Telescope has snapped stunning images of plenty of galaxies during its extended tenure, but the above picture which NASA has chosen to showcase is really a function of art.
The Universe you see here is named NGC 2775, that is not a really catchy title but the galaxy’s prosperity of young stars and its delicate,”feathered” pattern are something to behold.
The galaxy is really a looker, with a huge open central world where not much is going on. This galaxy’s outer ring is quite a bit more exciting, with innumerable young stars showing up as a wealth of material and blue in the picture like dust and gasses. It is a galaxy that is really just getting on its feet, and it sits approximately 67 million light-years away. That is an amazing space, and it makes this image that much more remarkable.
NASA Provides some Extra context:
“The spiral pattern revealed from the galaxy in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is striking because of its delicate, feathery character. All these”flocculent” spiral arms indicate that the recent history of star formation of the galaxy, known as NGC 2775, has been comparatively quiet. There is virtually no star formation in the middle area of the galaxy, which can be dominated by a remarkably large and comparatively empty galactic bulge, where all the gas has been converted into celebrities long past.”
The galaxy doesn’t have well-defined”arms” like our own Milky Way, but it is still considered a spiral galaxy due to its clear spiral pattern. From our perspective, it is packed with baby stars and has a lot of life left to live, although that is not to say this galaxy couldn’t evolve into something much more akin to our own home galaxy.
“Countless bright, young, blue stars glow in the complicated, feather-like spiral arms, interlaced with dark lanes of dust,” NASA says. “Complexes of these hot, blue stars are considered to trigger star formation in nearby gas clouds. Means of these gas clouds then forms the general spiral patterns of these arms. The spiral nature of flocculent galaxies stands in contrast to the grand-design spirals, which have notable, well defined-spiral arms.”
On top of all that, it’s just a really, really glorious image, which is the icing on this cake.