- NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captures a stunning spiral dotted with bright young stars.
- The Hubble image features glittering blue regions of young, bright stars that dot the landscape of the galaxy’s dusty spiral arms.
- NGC 1961 is classified as an intermediate spiral and an AGB type of galaxy.
In the stunning newly released image from the Hubble Space Telescope of NASA, the galaxy NGC 1961 unfolds its gorgeous spiral arms. Glittering, blue regions of bright young stars dot the dusty spiral arms winding around the glowing center of the galaxy.
NGC 1961 is analyzed as an intermediate spiral and an AGN (active galactic nuclei), a type of galaxy. Since they lack a clearly defined bar of stars at their cores, intermediate spiral galaxies fall between barred and unbarred spiral galaxies.
Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) galaxies have bright centers that far outshine the rest of the galaxy at certain wavelengths of light. These galaxies are trusted to have supermassive black holes at their center, churning out bright jets and winds that shape their evolution. NGC 1961 is a common type of AGN that emits low energy charged particles.
The information used to create this new stunning image came from two proposals. One studied previously unobserved Arp galaxies, while the other looked at the progenitors and explosions of various supernovae.
NGC 1961, located about 180 million light-years away, resides in the constellation Camelopardalis. NASA disclosed a stunning image of a supernova remnant considering data from Hubble and the Chandra X-ray telescope.
NASA scientists used information from Chandra, Hubble, and the agency’s retired Spitzer Space telescope to rewind the explosion of stars and found clues about how long ago the stellar explosion happened and the star’s environment before the explosion.
Earlier this month, the space agency unveiled a James Webb Telescope image of the “Phantom Galaxy,” known as M74 officially. The Webb image unveiled delicate filaments of gas and dust in the galaxy’s spiral arms, and the lack of gas at its center gave a clear view of the nuclear star cluster.
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