Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

It’s a shame that this stunning galaxy isn’t better known. Called the Propeller Galaxy (otherwise known as NGC 7479), it can be found approximately 105 million light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of Pegasus.

This image of the Propeller combines data sets of the galaxy taken in optical light, and at near-infrared wavelengths; it clearly shows how its nickname came about, through the s-shaped spiral arms, which are wound tightly. What we can’t see, however, is its large radio jets

According to NASA and the ESA:

“This picture was created from images taken with the Wide Field Channel of Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. Images through a yellow filter (F555W, coloured blue) were combined with images taken in the near-infrared (F814W, coloured red). The total exposure times were 520 s per filter and the field of view is 2.7 arcminutes across.”

See a larger image here.


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