Aug 12

A Blue Whirlpool in The River — Tranquil galaxy home to violent events

Source: ESO Photo Release eso1231

VLT image of the spiral galaxy NGC 1187.
Image credit: ESO

A new image taken with ESO’s Very Large Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 1187. This impressive spiral lies about 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Eridanus (The River). NGC 1187 has hosted two supernova explosions during the last thirty years, the latest one in 2007. This picture of the galaxy is the most detailed ever taken.(read more)

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