NGC 2217 (Image Credit: ESO)

Meet NGC 2217: a barred spiral galaxy located approximately 65 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Canis Major. If the designation sounds familiar, it may be because our Milky Way is classified as a barred spiral galaxy (in fact, the vast majority of spiral galaxies in the local universe tend to have bars in their central regions, perhaps a result of supermassive black hole activity). However, for a barred spiral, NGC 2217 can be considered an odd duck..

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