‘UFO Galaxy’ Snapped By Hubble Telescope

'UFO Galaxy' Snapped By Hubble Telescope

Hubble has recently spotted a ‘UFO’ but that’s no alien ship rather a whole galaxy filled with stars. The space telescope has yet again presented us with a mind blowing photo of a galaxy far off in the universe and this particular ‘UFO’ galaxy is 35 million light years away from Earth that has been officially named as NGC 2683.

NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on, giving it the shape of a classic science fiction spaceship

…was the description given by NASA to a recent image. This galaxy was first discovered in 1788 by the famous astronomer William Herschel, located in the Lynx constellation in the northern sky and was later given a moniker of cosmic ‘UFO’ by the astronomers of Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory in Cocoa, Florida.

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Scientists believe that the structure of the galaxy presented by Hubble and other telescopes is flawed due to their on-edge  view of the universe. They think it is actually a barred spiral galaxy but the skewed vantage point of the telescopes makes it hard to view the structure directly. NASA officials explained,

In particular, it gives astronomers a great opportunity to see the delicate dusty lanes of the spiral arms silhouetted against the golden haze of the galaxy’s core,

They further added,

In addition, brilliant clusters of young blue stars shine scattered throughout the disc, mapping the galaxy’s star-forming regions.