This mesmerizing picture from Hubble shows Grand Design Spiral galaxy

Devdiscourse News Desk | California | Updated: 27-05-2022 21:12 IST | Created: 27-05-2022 11:55 IST
This mesmerizing picture from Hubble shows Grand Design Spiral galaxy
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Filippenko (University of California - Berkeley), and D. Sand (University of Arizona); Image Processing: G. Kober (NASA Goddard/Catholic University of America)

A new picture captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features NGC 3631, or something called a "grand design spiral", which lies some 53 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Ursa Major.

A grand design spiral is a type of galaxy that features prominent, well-defined arms that appear to wind around and into the galaxy's nucleus.

This image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). The color blue represents visible wavelengths of blue light, and the color orange represents infrared light.

Close inspection of NGC 3631's grand spiral arms reveals dark dust lanes and bright star-forming regions along the inner part of the spiral arms.

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched and deployed by the space shuttle Discovery in 1990. The Advanced Camera for Surveys was installed on the telescope during Servicing Mission 3B in 2002 and it has detectors that are sensitive to visible and ultraviolet light.

WFC3 was installed during Hubble Servicing Mission 4 in 2009 and it can observe ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared light. It studies a diverse range of objects and phenomena - from young and extremely distant galaxies to much more nearby stellar systems, to objects within our very own solar system and exoplanets - planets outside our solar system.

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