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Hubble Welcomes Spiral With Open Arms

The spiral galaxy is spreading its ghostly spiral arms out toward us. This image was captured by the Hubble Telescope – (NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope).

Hubble Welcomes Spiral With Open Arms
Credit : NASA

This galaxy is located in the constellation of Pictor (the Painter’s Easel) about 425 million light-years from Earth. This was discovered in 1834 by astronomer John Herschel, NGC 2008 is categorized as a type Sc galaxy in the Hubble sequence, which is a system used to describe and classify the various morphologies of galaxies.

The “S” is for indicating NGC 2008 is a spiral, and the “c” is there to indicate that it has a comparatively small central bulge and more open spiral arms. Spiral galaxies with more massive central bulges tend to have more tightly wrapped narrowed arms and are categorized as Sa galaxies, while those in between are listed as type Sb.

Hubble Welcomes Spiral With Open Arms
This image shows an artist’s impression of the ESA/NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in its orbit 600 km above the Earth.

Spiral galaxies are universal across the cosmos, covering over 70% of all observed galaxies — including milky way, which is our one. However, their ubiquity does not detract from their beauty. These majestic, spiraling groups of billions of stars are among the fascinating sights that have been captured by telescopes such as Hubble and are firmly embedded in astronomical iconography.

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