Friday, July 1, 2022

A galaxy in a ‘Furnace’

NGC 1385 is a member of the NGC 1385 group, a gathering of over 30 galaxies.

NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope recently shared a jewel-bright image of NGC 1385. The galaxy is a spiral galaxy located almost 68 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Fornax. Fornax is simply the Latin word for a furnace.

Otherwise known as AGC 22776, ESO 482-16, LEDA 13368, and IRAS 03353-2439, the galaxy was first discovered November 17, 1784, by the German-born British astronomer William Herschel.

The galaxy has a diameter of about 70,000 light-years. The image was taken with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), installed in 2009 when astronauts last visited Hubble. Even after 12 years, it remains remarkably active.

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