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Hubble Spots Feathered Spiral

2 Jul 2020, 12:00 UTC
Hubble Spots Feathered Spiral ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST TeamAcknowledgement: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla)

The spiral pattern shown by the galaxy in this image from theĀ NASA/ESA Hubble Space TelescopeĀ is striking because of its delicate, feathery nature. These "flocculent" spiral arms indicate that the recent history of star formation of the galaxy, known as NGC 2775, has been relatively quiet. There is virtually no star formation in the central part of the galaxy, which is dominated by an unusually large and relatively empty galactic bulge, where all the gas was converted into stars long ago.

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