NASA and the long-standing Hubble Space Space Telescope of the European Space Agency just produced an amazing close-up of a spiral galaxy, similar to our own Milky Way, which will help researchers understand more about supermassive black holes in large galaxies.
The new image shows a dusty Orange-red environment with violet stars glowing between black dust paths in black This special spiral galaxy is called NGC 2903 located about 30 million light-years from Earth, in the constellation Leo (a light-year is the distance that light travels in a year ie 6 trillion miles or 1
Hubble received the new image when investigating the central regions of about 145 disk galaxies that are relatively close to Earth, said European Space Agency officials in a statement . The new work is intended to help astronomers better understand the supermassive black holes that lurk in the center of many galaxies, including our own spiral galaxy. Researchers are also interested in the relationship between these black holes and the bulges of dust, gas, and stars that usually gather near the galactic centers.
Hubble launched in 1990 with a Space Shuttle flight and has since undergone several service missions of astronauts, the last being in 2009. The telescope is expected to be operational until the 2020s, and a follow-up observatory, called [JamesWebbSpaceTelescope]planned for launch in 2021.