Hubble Captures Great Barred Spiral Galaxy in a Fiery Furnace

Great Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1365

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The Great Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1365 recorded in this image by the Hubble Space Telescope. It lies in the constellation of Fornax (The Furnace) about 60 million light-years from Earth. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST Team, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla)

At around 60 million light-years from Earth, the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1365 is recorded perfectly in this image by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Located in the constellation of Fornax (The Furnace), the blue and intense orange swirls reveal us where stars have actually simply formed and the dirty websites of future outstanding nurseries.

At the external edge of the image, massive star-forming areas within NGC 1365 can be seen. The brilliant, light-blue areas suggest the existence of numerous child stars that formed from coalescing gas and dust within the galaxy’s external arms.

This Hubble image was recorded as part of a joint study with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. The study will assist researchers comprehend how the variety of galaxy environments observed in the neighboring Universe, consisting of NGC 1365 and previous ESA/Hubble Pictures of the Week such as NGC 2835 and NGC 2775, affect the development of stars and star clusters. Expected to image over 100,000 gas clouds and star-forming areas beyond our Milky Way, the PHANGS study is anticipated to reveal and clarify a lot of the links in between cold gas clouds, star development and the total shape and morphology of galaxies.

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