The Hubble Space Telescope has detected an explosion of star formation in a spiral galaxy, 80 million light-years from Earth, reports the British Daily Mail. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, about to be replaced later this year, takes a stunning image of a galaxy 80 million light-years from Earth that depicts an explosion of star formation. The spiral galaxy, known as NGC 4666, is about 80 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo and is also known as a starburst galaxy due to the fact that it forms stars quickly, according to a statement from NASA.
The US space agency added that the 2019 supernova was 19 times more massive than the sun. NASA notes that the amount of super-wind coming from NGC 4666 is really extensive, spanning tens of thousands of light-years, although it’s not visible in the image. And in 2010, the 2.2-meter MPG/ESO Telescope at La Silla Observatory in Chile saw a faint cluster of galaxies 3 billion light-years away from NGC 4666, thanks to its X-ray capabilities. Among the most common types of galaxies, the Milky Way is also a spiral galaxy, and has arms that extend from its center to form pin-wheel or spiral structures. Most spiral galaxies are made up of a rotating disk of stars, gas and dust, and the cluster of stars in the center is known as a bulge. The James Webb Telescope is set to replace Hubble, which has been in operation for more than 30 years, with a value of $10 billion when it is launched later this year.
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