NASA made enthusiasts happy with a photo of a spital galaxy across the universe, which they have compared to a “flying saucer.”
A strange galaxy 85 million light-years away
It’s been revealed that the latest image of The Day from the space agency is showing a galaxy pretty similar to our Milky Way which is located in a far corner of our universe.
The image shows gas, clouds, and stars that swirl in the Universe in the form of a spiral galaxy.
NASA’s Hubble telescope photographed the image of the galaxy known as IC 2051, which is 85 million light-years away.
NASA stated the following: “It is a spiral galaxy, as evidenced by its characteristic whirling, pinwheeling arms, and it has a bar of stars slicing through its center. This galaxy was observed for a Hubble study on galactic bulges, the bright round central regions of spiral galaxies.”
The space agency continued and explained that “Spiral galaxies like IC 2051 are shaped a bit like flying saucers when seen from the side; they comprise a thin, flat disk, with a bulky bulge of stars in the center that extends above and below the disk.”
They also noted that these bulges are probably playing a really important role in the way in which the galaxies evolve, and they can also influence the growth of the supermassive black holes that are known to be lurking at the centers of spirals.
It’s been also revealed that more observations are needed in the area.
NASA made headlines not too long ago following an interesting discovery.
Using data from NASA’s Hubble Telescope, astronomers have confirmed a new class of planets that have a cotton candy density. Due to their hydrogen-helium atmospheres which are ballooning out, the planets are almost as big as Jupiter, but they have 100 times less mass.