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Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300 June 29, 2008

Posted by jtintle in Deep Space, Space Fotos.
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Credit:

Hubble Heritage Team, ESA, NASA

Explanation:

Big, beautiful, barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300 lies some 70 million light-years away on the banks of the constellation Eridanus. This Hubble Space Telescope composite view of the gorgeous island universe is one of the largest Hubble images ever made of a complete galaxy. NGC 1300 spans over 100,000 light-years and the Hubble image reveals striking details of the galaxy’s dominant central bar and majestic spiral arms. In fact, on close inspection the nucleus of this classic barred spiral itself shows a remarkable region of spiral structure about 3,000 light-years across. Unlike other spiral galaxies, including our own Milky Way, NGC 1300 is not presently known to have a massive central black hole.

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1. julie - September 10, 2008

how big is the spiral galaxy?

2. jtintle - September 10, 2008

NGC 1300 spans about 100,000 light-years across…while it actually contains another spiral structure which measures about 3,000 light years across. Hope that answers your question


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