News tagged with spiral arms

Hubble catches a side-on spiral streak

(—This thin, glittering streak of stars is the spiral galaxy ESO 121-6, which lies in the southern constellation of Pictor (The Painter's Easel). Viewed almost exactly side-on, the intricate structure of the swirling ...

dateFeb 10, 2013 in Astronomy
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The wings of the Seagull Nebula

(—This new image from ESO shows a section of a cloud of dust and glowing gas called the Seagull Nebula. These wispy red clouds form part of the "wings" of the celestial bird and this picture reveals an intriguing ...

dateFeb 06, 2013 in Astronomy
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A spiral galaxy with a secret

(—The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope – with a little help from an amateur astronomer – has produced one of the best views yet of nearby spiral galaxy Messier 106. Located a little over 20 million light-years ...

dateFeb 05, 2013 in Astronomy
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GALEX reveals the largest-known spiral galaxy

(—The spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has ranked among the biggest stellar systems for decades. Now a team of astronomers from the United States, Chile and Brazil has crowned it the largest-known spiral, ...

dateJan 10, 2013 in Astronomy
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First 'bone' of the Milky Way identified

(—Our Milky Way is a spiral galaxy—a pinwheel-shaped collection of stars, gas and dust. It has a central bar and two major spiral arms that wrap around its disk. Since we view the Milky Way from the inside, its ...

dateJan 08, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble eyes the needle galaxy

(—Like finding a silver needle in the haystack of space, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced this beautiful image of the spiral galaxy IC 2233, one of the flattest galaxies known.

dateDec 24, 2012 in Astronomy
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Hubble eyes a loose spiral galaxy

(—The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted the spiral galaxy ESO 499-G37, seen here against a backdrop of distant galaxies, scattered with nearby stars.

dateNov 26, 2012 in Astronomy
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