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Hubble Views a Galaxy with Faint Threads

12 Mar 2021, 14:39 UTC
Hubble Views a Galaxy with Faint Threads ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. RosarioAcknowledgement: L. Shatz

This unusual lenticular galaxy, which is between a spiral and elliptical shape, has lost almost all the gas and dust from its signature spiral arms, which used to orbit around its center. Known as NGC 1947, this galaxy was discovered almost 200 years ago by James Dunlop, a Scottish-born astronomer who later studied the sky from Australia. NGC 1947 can only be seen from the southern hemisphere, in the constellation Dorado (the Dolphinfish).

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