Irregular spiral galaxy NGC 5486 hangs against a background of dim, distant galaxies in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy’s fragile disk is laced with pinkish filaments of star formation, which stand out from the diffuse glow of the galaxy’s bright core.
While this particular galaxy has fuzzy, zigzag spiral arms, it is located near the much larger Pinwheel galaxy, which is one of the best-known examples of a ‘big-design’ spiral galaxy with prominent, well-defined. spiral arms. In 2006, Hubble took an image of the Pinwheel galaxy which was, at the time, the largest and most detailed image of a spiral galaxy taken with Hubble.
NGC 5486 is located 110 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major. This observation comes from a selection of Hubble images exploring the debris left behind by Type II supernovae. like huge stars Upon reaching the end of their lives, they shed huge amounts of gas and dust before ending their lives in giant supernova explosions.
NGC 5486 hosted a supernova in 2004, and Astronomy scientists Use the powerful vision of Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys to explore beyond in hopes of learning more about these explosive events.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
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