A stunning new image of an irregular spiral galaxy has been captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy, which is located approximately 44 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major, has a unique shape and structure that makes it stand out from other spiral galaxies.
The galaxy, named UGC 12588, is thought to have been formed from a merger between two smaller galaxies. This violent process has given the galaxy its irregular shape, with long, wispy arms that are reminiscent of a classic spiral galaxy, but with a much more chaotic appearance.
The image was taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and is part of a larger survey of nearby galaxies. The survey is aimed at helping astronomers to better understand the processes that shape galaxies and the role that galaxy mergers play in their evolution.
The Hubble Space Telescope is a joint project between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). It was launched into orbit in 1990 and has since captured some of the most iconic images of the universe, including the famous Hubble Deep Field image, which revealed thousands of galaxies in a single patch of sky.
The new image of UGC 12588 is a testament to the power of Hubble and its ability to reveal the hidden beauty of the universe.