Few of the universe’s residents are as iconic as the spiral galaxy. 🌀 These limelight-hogging celestial objects combine whirling, pinwheeling arms with scatterings of sparkling stars, glowing bursts of gas, and dark, weaving lanes of cosmic dust, creating truly awesome scenes — especially when viewed through the @NASAHubble telescope. Here's a look at a beautiful spiral galaxy, located 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo.
This galaxy was studied as part of a Hubble survey that aimed to help astronomers better understand the relationship between the black holes that lurk at the cores of galaxies like these, and the rugby-ball-shaped bulge of stars, gas and dust at the galaxy’s center — such as that seen in this image.
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Ho et al.
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