NASA's Hubble Telescope captures image of galaxy 60 million light-years away

December 30, 2014 8:13 PM

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As seen in this image, the disk appears singing IC 335 from the point of view of the Earth. This makes it more difficult for astronomers classify, since most of the features of the morphology of a galaxy - the arms of a spiral through the center - are only visible if its position is frontal. Still, the 45 000 light-year-long galaxy could be classified as an S0 type.

These lenticular galaxies are an intermediate state in galaxy morphological classification schemes between true spiral and elliptical galaxies. They have a thin stellar disk and a bulge, like spiral galaxies, but in contrast to typical spiral galaxies they have used up most of the interstellar mediu...

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