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Hubble’s Cosmic Search for a Missing Arm

17 Nov 2017, 13:44 UTC
Hubble’s Cosmic Search for a Missing Arm ESA/Hubble & NASA

This new picture of the week, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the dwarf galaxy NGC 4625, located about 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). The image, acquired with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), reveals the single major spiral arm of the galaxy, which gives it an asymmetric appearance. But why is there only one such spiral arm, when spiral galaxies normally have at least two?

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