A Perfect Spiral Galaxy #SpaceSaturday

We have an idea of what a galaxy looks like, but rarely does that ideal vision conform to a real celestial body. That’s why the galaxy designated NGC 2841 is so unique. Here’s more from Astronomy Now:

American astronomy writer Phil Plait sums up NGC 2841 marvellously: “Toward the constellation of Ursa Major sits a rather unremarkable galaxy. It is not undergoing huge bursts of star formation. It is not blasting out radiation from its core. It isn’t twisted into bizarre shapes by the gravitational influence of a nearby passing galaxy, nor actively eating any smaller galaxies, nor swaddled in thick layers of dust. It just is, sitting there, being a spiral galaxy. And that’s what makes it so stunningly gorgeous”. Perfectly-put-together indeed.

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