Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
  1. Wireless CarPlay Adapter
    08:41 Deals

    Finally! CarlinKit 2.0 on Amazon converts your car’s regular CarPlay to wireless Car…

  2. Amazon Home Upgrades
    08:06 Deals

    5 home upgrades under $25 that Amazon shoppers are totally obsessed with

  3. Amazon Deals
    07:59 Deals

    10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: Rare Nest Thermostat sale, Alexa in your…

  4. Best Deals on Amazon
    07:00 Deals

    Best Deals on Amazon (August 2021)

  5. Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum
    16:11 Deals

    Amazon coupon slashes our favorite self-emptying robot vacuum to its lowest price ever

Hubble space telescope captures stunning image of barred spiral galaxy

October 14th, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The Hubble space telescope has captured a stunning image of a faraway galaxy known as a barred spiral.

Galaxy NGC 4639 is located over 70 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Virgo. NGC 4639 is one of about 1500 galaxies that make up the Virgo Cluster, according to the European Space Agency (ESA), one of NASA’s Hubble partners.

Related: The best of Hubble

The image clearly shows a “bar” running through the galaxy’s bright, round core, the ESA said, in a statement. “Bars are found in around two thirds of spiral galaxies, and are thought to be a natural phase in their evolution,” it added.

NGC 4639’s arms are “sprinkled with bright regions of active star formation,” according to the ESA. “Each of these tiny jewels is actually several hundred light-years across and contains hundreds or thousands of newly formed stars,” it explained.

Related: Supermoon lunar eclipse in pictures

However, scientists note that the galaxy contains a dark secret at its core – a massive black hole that is consuming the surrounding gas. “This is known as an active galactic nucleus (AGN), and is revealed by characteristic features in the spectrum of light from the galaxy and by X-rays produced close to the black hole as the hot gas plunges towards it,” said the ESA.

The Hubble space telescope, which was launched by NASA in 1990, celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this year.

More from Science:

Popular News