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Hubble space telescope reveals new image of a spiral galaxy

The spiral galaxy is some 192 million light years away from Earth

An image of a spiral galaxy.Premium
An image of a spiral galaxy.

The Hubble space telescope has dropped a new image of a spiral galaxy. The spiral galaxy, known as UGC 12295, is some 192 million light years away from the Earth.

 

According to the European Space Agency (ESA), while the galaxy appears to "bask leisurely" in space, the Hubble observations show it recently hosted a stellar explosion, also known as a supernova.

“Despite appearing as an island of tranquility in this image, UGC 12295 played host to a catastrophically violent explosion — a supernova — that was first detected in 2015," ESA officials said in the statement.

“This supernova prompted two different teams of astronomers to propose Hubble observations of UGC 12295 that would sift through the wreckage of this vast stellar explosion."

Hubble is a joint mission between the ESA and the NASA.

Through the  Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3, astronomers examined the debris left behind by the supernova explosion in UGC 12295, along with supernovas in neighboring sites.

When a massive star reaches the end of its life, it dies in a dramatic explosion called a supernova. Supernovas are incredibly luminous and powerful, blasting large amounts of material into space, and as a result, believed to be responsible for forging many of the elements found on Earth. 

“Hubble's keen vision can reveal lingering traces of these energetic events, shedding light on the nature of the systems that host supernovas," ESA officials said in the statement.

The new image from Hubble revealed two distinct spiral arms that extend from a bright central bar.

Additional fainter arms branch off from these, studded with bright blue patches of star formation. Smaller, more distant galaxies — likely home to supernovas, too — can be seen in the background of the image, which ESA released on July 24, according to the statement.

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Published: 27 Jul 2023, 08:48 PM IST
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