Photo of the Day: Giraffe’s Cosmic Eye in Highest Resolution


Last updated on December 8th, 2022 at 02:51 pm

Photo of the Day: Giraffe’s Cosmic Eye in Highest Resolution

Today, the NASA / ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s website features a stunning image of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 2336 under the heading “Image of the Week.”

photo of the day
photo of the day

The named formation is located at about 100 million light-years from us in the constellation Giraffe (Camelopardalis). The galaxy was discovered back in 1876 by the German astronomer Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel using a 28-centimeter telescope.

Hubble, with its 2.4-meter mirror, has captured a high-resolution image of NGC 2336. The image clearly shows the characteristic structure of barred spiral galaxies. A feature of this type of object is a “bar” of bright stars, which emerges from the center and crosses the galaxy in the middle.

The imaged galaxy’s massive spiral arms contain large numbers of young blue stars. At the same time, the central part is inhabited by old luminaries.


Overall, NGC 2336 is enormous, spanning 200,000 light-years. Below is a full-resolution image of the galaxy – click to enlarge.

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