Hubble captures captivating view of spiral galaxy’s picturesque ‘open arms’

https://astronomynow.com/2020/02/12/hubble-captures-captivating-view-of-spiral-galaxys-picturesque-open-arms/
Spiral galaxies make up about 70 percent of all observed galaxies, some with large central bulges and tightly wound spiral arms like a fast-spinning ice skater, some with more wide-open arms and smaller bulges and some in various in-between states. NGC 2008, seen here in an image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, is an Sc galaxy, with S signifying its spiral form and c indicating a small central bulge. The galaxy, located about 425 million miles from Earth in the constellation Pictor, was discovered in 1834 by astronomer John Herschel.

NGC 2008. Image: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Bellini

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