This gorgeous Hubble photo shows a galaxy 150 million light-years away from us

May 31, 2021

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This gorgeous Hubble photo shows a galaxy 150 million light-years away from us

May 31, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Can you ever have enough of awe-inspiring photos taken by the Hubble telescope? I know, me neither. NASA recently published another incredible image captured by Hubble, and it shows a spiral galaxy far, far away. As far as 150 million light-years from the Earth!

I enjoy space imagery in general, but I find photos of spiral galaxies to be almost hypnotizing. This one shows the galaxy NGC 5037 found in the constellation of Virgo. William Herschel was the first to document it, and it was all the way back in 1785.

“It lies about 150 million light-years away from Earth, and yet it is possible to see the delicate structures of gas and dust within the galaxy in extraordinary detail,” NASA writes. Indeed, it’s fascinating that we can have such a clear insight into a galaxy that is so far away.

To make this incredible photo, Hubble used its Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). It collected the exposures that were combined to create the final image.  “WFC3 is a very versatile camera,” NASA explains, “as it can collect ultraviolet, visible, and infrared light.” This enables it to capture plenty of information about the objects that it observes. Astronauts installed the WFC3 on Hubble in 2009, during servicing mission 4, which intended to prolong Hubble’s life for another five years. But here they both are in 2021. Twelve years later, both Hubble and WFC3 are alive and kickin’, still bringing us stellar images to enjoy!

Make sure to visit NASA’s website for more information, and of course, for plenty more beautiful photos.

[via Digital Trends; image credits: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Rosario; Acknowledgment: L. Shatz]

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Dunja Djudjic

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7 responses to “This gorgeous Hubble photo shows a galaxy 150 million light-years away from us”

  1. Clarence Hemeon Avatar
    Clarence Hemeon

    Never enough.

  2. John Evans Avatar
    John Evans

    They’re always freakishly beauty and filled with so much wonderment.

  3. Paul Ford Avatar
    Paul Ford

    So far away it might not even exist now, 150 millions years at the speed of light is a very long way away.

  4. MegaNickels Avatar
    MegaNickels

    Man i love space

    1. holly Avatar
      holly

      You should get the game called ELITE DANGEROUS. It’s available on “steam”… it is mind-boggling as it has the whole universe and over 400 billion star systems you can explore. If you have VR, it’s the difference in an extraordinarily beautiful game with amazing graphics and flying your own freaking spaceship! Through the universe! You can land on planets and it’s just breathtaking. In VR makes me feel.

      1. MegaNickels Avatar
        MegaNickels

        Oh i got it!!! I finally got my federal Corvette! The game is huge! It has some very beautiful scenes! I love making panoramic screen shots! One of my favorite places to visit is the system Taygeta. It has twin ringed gas giants that are really pretty. If you go, visit in Horizons. The new odyssey update makes this system more bland :( it’s inside the bubble so it shouldn’t take too long to get to it :D

  5. holly Avatar
    holly

    That makes me happy