The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Saturday, October 20, posted a beautiful picture of galaxy NGC 4380 on the microblogging website Twitter. In the image, a huge number of stars, ranging up to billions are visible. Captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, the galaxy gives an impression of a special effect that often appears in a science fiction or fantasy film. These stars are shaped like a flat disk and are surrounded by dark lanes of dust wind. However, according to NASA, spiral galaxies such as galaxy NGC 4380 are very common in the universe.
A colossal collection of stars, numbering up to hundreds of billions: galaxies like this one are quite common in the universe! ✨ @NASAHubble took this image of galaxy NGC 4380, which has graceful spiral arms outlined by dark lanes of dust. Look closer: https://t.co/4JF9P1955a pic.twitter.com/wGw3OgPrMH— NASA (@NASA) October 19, 2019
Such images of different galaxies are often released by NASA. The Hubble telescope that spots galaxies of shapes and sizes also has the ability to gaze at a galaxy oriented sideways. 9 days ago, it released the picture of a spiral galaxy called NGC 3717. It is located more than 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Hydra. The Hubble telescope manages to provide a comprehensive sense of the galaxy's three-dimensional shape. Having the shape of a flying saucer, spiral galaxies also are often shaped like a thin pancake. While NGC 3717 is not captured perfectly in the image; the nearer part of the galaxy is tilted slightly down, and the far side is tilted up. This angle gives a view across the disk.
Gorgeous: A Spiral in Profile - NGC 3717, located about 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Hydra (The Sea Serpent)— World and Science (@WorldAndScience) October 13, 2019
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Rosario pic.twitter.com/IDYDyXVu2K