Hubble Space Telescope captures a stunning image of a Galaxy

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Hubble Space Telescope Captures A Stunning Image Of A Galaxy - We The World Magazine
Far away in the Ursa Major constellation is a swirling galaxy that would not look out of place on a coffee made by a starry-eyed barista. NGC 3895 is a barred spiral galaxy that was first spotted by William Herschel in 1790 and was later observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble's orbit high above the Earth's distorting atmosphere allows astronomers to make the very high resolution observations that are essential to opening new windows on planets, stars and galaxies — such as this beautiful view of NGC 3895. The telescope is positioned approximately 570 km above the ground, where it whirls around Earth at 28 000 kilometres per hour and takes 96 minutes to complete one orbit. 

NASA’s Hubble telescope captured a stunning image of NGC 3895, which is a barred spiral galaxy, first discovered by  William Herschel in 1790.

The image was taken using different exposures of the visible and infrared spectrum using the space telescope’s very high-resolution cameras.

“Far away in the Ursa Major constellation is a swirling galaxy that would not look out of place on a coffee made by a starry-eyed barista,” Hubble writes in their blog.

Far away in the Ursa Major constellation is a swirling galaxy that would not look out of place on a coffee made by a starry-eyed barista (Image courtesy of Hubble Space Telescope)

Skinews.com notes the diameter of the spiral galaxy is 45,000 light years.

The space telescope often gives fascinating glimpses of the cosmos, with mind-blowing images often posted in their Instagram handle. The telescope also has a 3.2 million fan-following.

Positioned approximately 570 km above the earth’s surface, the Hubble Space Telescope orbits the earth in just 96- minutes, traveling at a lightning speed of 28,000 km per hour.

Our Galaxy, that is the Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy as well, with a visible diameter of 200,000 diameter. Estimates suggest our galaxy contains somewhere between 100-400 billion stars and equal number of planets.

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