Hubble Space Telescope: NASA studies NGC 1961, a stunning spiral galaxy


In this recently published image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, the spiral arms of the galaxy NGC 1961 can unfold in all their glory. The dusty spiral arms that circle the galaxy’s bright core are dotted with sparkling blue regions rich in luminescent new stars.

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It is an intermediate spiral galaxy with an active galactic core (AGN) and is called NGC 1961. Compared to “barred” spirals and “non-banded” spirals, intermediate spirals fall somewhere in the middle.

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Some wavelengths of light are dominated by the highly luminous cores of AGN galaxies. The development of these galaxies is believed to be driven by supermassive black holes at their centers, which emit brilliant rays and winds. Low energy charged particles are emitted by AGN such as NGC 1961, which are quite frequent.

This illustration was created using information from two different suggestions. One looked at the precursors and explosions of several supernovae, while the other explored hitherto invisible Arp galaxies.

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NGC 1961 is located in the constellation Camelopardalis, about 180 million light-years away. The 1961 NGC was discovered by William Herschel on December 3, 1788.