Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Photo

This one isn't one of mine, but I couldn't resist:
It's from NASA's Astronomy Picture Of The Day site. Here's the caption that appears there, minus the expository links:
Big, beautiful, barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300 lies some 70 million light-years away on the banks of the constellation Eridanus. This Hubble Space Telescope composite view of the gorgeous island universe is one of the largest Hubble images ever made of a complete galaxy. NGC 1300 spans over 100,000 light-years and the Hubble image reveals striking details of the galaxy's dominant central bar and majestic spiral arms. In fact, on close inspection the nucleus of this classic barred spiral itself shows a remarkable region of spiral structure about 3,000 light-years across. Unlike other spiral galaxies, including our own Milky Way, NGC 1300 is not presently known to have a massive central black hole.
Image credit: Hubble Heritage Team, ESA, NASA/APOD, reduced by Cujo359

Click on the picture here for a somewhat larger version. For the full size version, which is huge, go to the image credit link, and then click on the picture there.

Have a good Sunday.

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