Photo of the day: space bun in the constellation Andromeda

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Photo of the day: space bun in the constellation Andromeda

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has shared another photo transmitted to Earth from the orbiting veteran Hubble Space Telescope (NASA / ESA Hubble Space Telescope).

Photo of the day
Photo of the day

The image, published under the heading “Picture of the Week”, captures the object designated UGC 12588. It is a faint galaxy located in the constellation Andromeda.

The imprinted formation belongs to spiral galaxies, but the characteristic structure of such objects in this case is practically not visible. In the photo, UGC 12588 looks like some kind of sugar-coated bun.

And yet the image shows the spiral arms of the galaxy. They contain bright blue blotches – young stars that have formed relatively recently.

We add that spiral galaxy is one of the main types of galaxies in the Universe. However, despite its prevalence, each of these cosmic structures is unique: a new image of the Hubble shows us that some of these formations may not look like their relatives at all.

Below you can see a high-resolution photo of UGC 12588 – click to enlarge: 

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