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Inclined miracle over 50,000 light years

Galaxy NGC 2188

Image of the NASA Space Telescope of a galaxy called NGC 2188. Credit: ESA / Hubble & NASA, R. Tully

The blue and orange stars of the faint galaxy named NGC 2188 sparkle in this image taken with NASA/ TH Hubble Space Telescope. Although at first glance it seems that NGC 2188 consists only of a narrow band of stars, it is classified by astronomers as a spiral galaxy with a forbidden spiral. It appears in this way from our point of view on Earth, because the center and the spiral arms of the galaxy are tilted by us, seeing only the very narrow outer edge of the galaxy’s disk. Astronomers liken this event to turning a plate in your hands so that you can only see its outer edge. The true shape of the galaxy was identified by studying the distribution of stars in the inner central convexity and outer disk and by observing the colors of the stars.

NGC 2188 is valued at only half of ours Milky Way, measuring 50,000 light-years, and is located in the constellation of the northern hemisphere of Columbus (the Dove). Named in the late 1500s after Noah’s dove in biblical stories, the small constellation consists of very faint but beautiful stars and astronomical objects.

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