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Hubble unveils a Magnificent barred spiral galaxy.

 

The resplendent central bar of NGC 2217, also known as AM 0619-271, illuminates the vast expanse of the Canis Major constellation, captured in exquisite detail by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Situated approximately 65 million light-years from our vantage point on Earth, this celestial marvel mirrors the grandeur of our own Milky Way, boasting a diameter spanning 100,000 light-years. Within its cosmic embrace, myriad stars congregate, forming the radiant core bar, encircled by tightly coiled spiral arms.


Central bars, such as the one adorning galaxies like NGC 2217, play a pivotal role in their cosmic narrative, shaping their evolutionary trajectory. Acting as conduits, these bars facilitate the migration of gas from the galactic disk towards the nucleus, where it undergoes transformative processes. Within this crucible of creation, gas and dust coalesce, birthing new stars that adorn the galactic canvas, or succumb to the voracious appetite of the supermassive black hole ensconced at the heart of the galaxy. These cosmic behemoths, spanning a range from several hundred to over a billion times the mass of our Sun, stand as sentinels within the cosmic tapestry, exerting their gravitational influence over their galactic domains.


This awe-inspiring image of NGC 2217 was rendered in vivid hues, utilizing data sourced from the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS), offering a glimpse into the captivating beauty of the cosmos.



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