Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have captured a striking new photo of the spiral galaxy UGC 3885.
This Hubble image shows UGC 3885, a spiral galaxy some 180 million light-years away in the constellation of Lynx. Image credit: NASA / ESA / Hubble / J. Walsh.
Also referred to as LEDA 21195, 2MASX J07310706+5928539 and Z 286-24 in various astronomical catalogues, it resides in the constellation of Lynx.
“While a bright foreground star is incredibly bright to Hubble’s eye, it does not outshine the details of the background galaxy,” Hubble astronomers said.
“Many young blue stars are sprinkled throughout the circular patterns of UGC 3885’s arms, contrasted and complemented by dark lanes of dust also following the spiral structure.”
“A glancing look at UGC 3885 may only leave you with an impression of the galaxy, but spare a moment longer and the intricacies of the galaxy begin to emerge,” they added.
“Located in the constellation of Lynx, UGC 3885 is a cosmic beauty to behold.”
In August 2001, a Type Ia supernova was observed in the galaxy by astronomers from the UK Nova/Supernova Patrol project.