Hubble captures stunning image of ‘furnace’ galaxy

NASA described the galaxy as a «shining gem».

shining spiral galaxy gem

NASA has released a stunning image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope depicting a spiral galaxy 68 million light-years from Earth.

The spiral galaxy is known as NGC 1385 and is located in the constellation Fornax — the Latin word for «oven», According to the NASA blog. Described by the agency as a «shining gem,» the image was taken using Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, which is considered the telescope’s «workhorse camera» due to its reliability.

ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST team

Turn on the oven

Fornax was named by Nicolas Louis de Lecay, a French astronomer from the early 18th century.

The constellation is not named because of its heat, keep in mind. Lakai simply liked to name the constellations he discovered after scientific instruments. His other discoveries include the Attila, or «air pump». telescope or «telescope»; and Norma, or «ruler».

Hubble is back fine

Earlier in the summer of 2021, The Hubble Space Telescope has stopped working for a month After the computer control system crashes.

For a while it seemed like the 31-year-old spacecraft might have disappeared for good. Fortunately, NASA was able to Switch the telescope to its backup computer.

Since the agency does not have a vehicle to send astronauts to physically repair Hubble, there is a sense that it is on wasted time. This means that the following hardware issue may be the last.

For now, it’s gratifying to see the Hubble Space Telescope back in working order. Let’s hope she can make some amazing discoveries to finish her job for good.

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