This is the spiral galaxy designated ESO 499-G37 (I’m going to call it G37 because I’m a lazy buffoon and ESO 499-G37 is cumbersome to say… you know I’m right). This galaxy can be found 59-million light-years away and is located on the southern border of the constellation Hydra, which is dangerously close to the constellation Antlia.

 

One of G37’s most notable features is its loose spiral structure. From this angle, Hubble has an amazing view allowing scientists to study the structure and nature of the spiral structure. The pockets of blue seen throughout the image are areas of active star formation. However, G37’s most unique feature is the elongated galactic nucleus. Traditionally, the galactic nucleus is a ‘small’ compact region of a galaxy. Many astronomers believe G37’s diffuse nucleus has something to do with the relatively small galactic bar. It’s thought that these bars help to channel material into the galactic center helping to form that nice tight nucleus that’s lacking in our little friend.


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