NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of the large design spiral NGC 3631.
The spiral galaxy is about 53 million light-years away in the direction of the Ursa Major constellation.
In the photo, the “arms” of the great spiral of design seem to wrap around the core of the galaxy.
“A close look at NGC 3631’s major spiral arms reveals dark dust lanes and bright star-forming regions along the inner portion of the spiral arms. Star formation in spirals is similar to a traffic jam on the freeway,” the agency said in a statement.
“Like cars on the freeway, the slower-moving matter in the spiral’s disc creates a bottleneck, concentrating star-forming gas and dust along the inner portion of its spiral arms. This jam of matter can become so dense that gravity collapses it, creating new stars (seen here in brilliant blue and white),” it said.
NASA determined that the color blue represents visible wavelengths of blue light and the color orange represents infrared light.
The agency said the image uses data from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys.
Earlier this month, the Hubble Space Telescope team shared a collection of supernova host galaxies and has shared images of many more galaxies in recent weeks.
The telescope has been in service since its inception and deployment in 1990.
Hubble has made more than 1.5 million observations over the course of its lifetime.
Soon to be added is the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope, launched in December.
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