Hubble telescope sees a fascinating galaxy about 58 million light years away

To wrap up Galaxy Week, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has shared this breathtaking image of a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Eridanus. NGC 685 is located about 58 million light years away in the constellation Eridanus and is visible from the southern hemisphere at certain times.

NGC 685 is about 60,000 light-years wide – a little more than half the size of our Milky Way. In this Hubble image, the bright blue spots along the galaxy’s arms are star clusters, groups of stars held together by their mutual gravitational attraction. Dark red particles near the central belt represent interstellar gas and dust, from which stars form.

Hubble captured this image as part of a scientific effort to study the formation and evolution of star clusters, thanks to its ultraviolet capabilities.

Hubble is one of the most prestigious and powerful astronomical observatories ever launched into space. The telescope’s position above Earth’s atmosphere allows it to avoid atmospheric distortions, providing exceptionally clear and detailed images of the universe.

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