Hubble Space Telescope snaps NGC 612 Radio galaxy 1.1 trillion times large than our sun
While sharing this picture, the American space agency NASA has said that this is a rare galaxy, which was discovered by British astronomer John Herschel in the year 1837. NGC 612 can be easily seen from Earth's southern hemisphere.
New galaxy image just dropped! ⬇️
NGC 612 is classified as a lenticular galaxy, a type that typically contains older stellar populations and little ongoing star formation. Lenticulars have a central bulge and disk like spiral galaxies, but they lack the characteristic arms. pic.twitter.com/y1ptyygsN3
— Hubble (@NASAHubble) October 3, 2023
Another special thing about NGC 612 is that it is a Seyfert galaxy. A type of active galaxies. This means that the matter near the center of the galaxy rotates quietly around its nucleus. There are also many young stars in this galaxy, whose age is between 40 million to 100 million years. This galaxy also emits radio emission, which makes it a radio galaxy. Scientists have so far been able to detect 5 such galaxies in our universe.
Although the James Webb Space Telescope, launched in 2021, has replaced the Hubble Telescope, Hubble is still operating and will provide service for many years to come. It was launched by NASA and European Space Agency in the year 1990. Since then, Hubble has introduced the world to many unseen pictures of the distant universe.
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