Magnificent spiral galaxy spotted by Hubble telescope in new photo

While the James Webb Space Telescope has been getting a lot of press lately, its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope, continues to impress; this time from the galaxy NGC 6956, a near-perfect example of a barred galaxy located about 214 million light-years from Earth.

Barred galaxies, which take their name from the very prominent “bar” of stars that runs through the galactic core, are among the most common types of galaxies in the known universe. constituting about 70% of all galaxies (opens in a new tab). Bar structures are also much more common in galaxies with active galactic nuclei, as gas and other materials are channeled into the galactic core along these bars.

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