This image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 5037 in the constellation Virgo. First recorded by William Herschel in 1785, the galaxy is about 150 million light years from Earth, although this far away. But we can get a closer look at the delicate structures of gas and dust within galaxies. This detail was achieved using Hubble’s Wide Field 3 (WFC3) camera, whose combined exposure resulted in this image.
The WFC3 is a versatile camera as it can collect ultraviolet, visible and infrared light, providing a wealth of information about observed objects. WFC3 was installed on Hubble by astronauts in 2009 during a mission. Serving 4 (SM4)
The SM4 is Hubble’s final space shuttle service, expected to extend Hubble’s lifespan for at least five more years. Twelve years later, both Hubble and WFC3 remain scientifically active and productive.
Hubble spies on spiral galaxies
Service provided by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Reference: Image: Hubble captures enchanting spirals (2021, May 28) .Retrieved May 29, 2021 from https://phys.org/news/2021-05-image-hubble-captures-captivating-spiral.html.
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