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Beautiful spiral galaxy spotted by the Hubble telescope in a new photo

A Hubble Space Telescope photo of the spiral galaxy NGC 6956.
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While the James Webb Space Telescope has been getting a lot of press lately, its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope continues to impress; this time from the galaxy NGC 6956, a near-perfect example of a barred galaxy located about 214 million light-years from Earth.

Barred galaxies, which get their name from the very prominent “bar” of Oldest that cut through the galactic core are among the most common types of galaxies in the known universe They make up an estimated 70% of all galaxies (opens in new tab). Rod structures are also far more common in galaxies with active galactic cores, as gas and other matter is injected along these rods towards the galactic core.

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