February 27, 2024

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The lenticular galaxy lies 44 million light-years away

The lenticular galaxy lies 44 million light-years away

This week's space image shows the lenticular galaxy NGC 6684. Looking for spiral arms? Then you can stare for a long time, because there is nothing!

Lenticular galaxies resemble large eyes. They had exhausted their interstellar medium. This means that most of the interstellar matter in the galaxy has disappeared. As a result, lens-shaped galaxies have little star formation. You'll mainly find older stars there. By the way, did you know that? Approximately thirteen to fifteen percent of all galaxies in our universe are lens-shaped?

NGC 6684 is located 44 million light-years from Earth In the southern constellation Peacock. The galaxy does not contain dark dust lanes, which makes the celestial body appear somewhat dim and ghostly. You can see below Beautiful Hubble image of the object.

Scientists use the Hubble Telescope to image all the galaxies near Earth. Before this “census” began, approximately 75% of all galaxies within 32.6 million light-years of Earth had been identified by Hubble. This percentage is now much higher. The goal is to image all 153 missing galaxies. NGC 6684 lies outside the region 33 million light-years away, but researchers are still capturing it.

In recent decades, space telescopes and satellites have captured beautiful images of nebulae, galaxies, stellar nurseries, and planets. Every weekend, we take a cool space photo from the archives. Enjoy all the pictures? See them on this page.
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