2012 March 25
Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300
Hubble Heritage Team,
Big, beautiful, barred spiral galaxy
NGC 1300 lies some 70 million
light-years away on the banks of the
This Hubble Space Telescope
composite view of the gorgeous island universe is one of the
largest Hubble images ever made of a complete
spans over 100,000 light-years and the
image reveals striking details of the galaxy's dominant
central bar and majestic spiral arms.
In fact, on close inspection
the nucleus of this classic barred
spiral itself shows a remarkable region of
about 3,000 light-years across.
including our own Milky Way, NGC 1300
is not presently known to have a massive
central black hole.