ring of brilliant blue star clusters

The lure of the rings

The Lure Of The Rings
Photo Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA space science news

Resembling a diamond-encrusted bracelet, a ring of brilliant blue star clusters wraps around the yellowish nucleus of what was once a normal spiral galaxy in this new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST). This image is being released to commemorate the 14th anniversary of Hubble’s launch on April 24, 1990, and its deployment from the space shuttle Discovery on April 25, 1990.

space science news ring of brilliant blue star clusters

The sparkling blue ring is 150,000 light-years in diameter, making it larger than our entire home galaxy, the Milky Way. The galaxy, catalogued as AM 0644-741, is a member of the class of so- called “ring galaxies.” It lies 300 million light-years away in the direction of the southern constellation Dorado.

Credit:
NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)
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