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Monday, March 26, 2012

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300  
From NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day

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.




Image Credit: Hubble Heritage TeamESANASA

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