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Tue Aug 6, 2019, 07:02 PM

Hubble Captures Spiral Galaxy with 'Barrier' of Dust (Photo)

By Elizabeth Howell 12 hours ago

A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows dust and gas swirling around the spiral galaxy NGC 3169.(Image: ESA/NASA/Hubble/L. Ho)

A new galactic image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows some interesting stuff lurking in cosmic dust, all from an unusual point of view.

The venerable observatory turned its attention to NGC 3169, a spiral galaxy about 70 million light-years away in the constellation of Sextans, the Sextant. (One light-year is the distance light travels in a year, which is about 6 trillion miles or 10 trillion kilometers.)

The "sharply angled perspective" that the space telescope imaged shows a sort of cosmic barrier that makes the viewer feel as though they're peering over the edge to see the galaxy's center, Hubble scientists said in a description of the image.

What's in the dust barrier is a mix of world-formation materials, including water ice, silicates and hydrocarbons. On a planet or moon, if you mix these three things together at the right distance from a parent star, you might have the right ingredients for life: water, a solid surface from silicate rock, and hydrocarbon chemistry that could eventually trigger life chemistry.


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Judi Lynn Aug 6 OP
PoindexterOglethorpe Aug 6 #1

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Aug 6, 2019, 07:29 PM

1. What I love so much about astronomy is that new things

are being discovered every single day.

My son is in a PhD program in astronomy, doing research on exo-planets, and I frequently call him up and ask him a bunch of questions about astronomy. I learn a lot from him.

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