NGC 1300

Hubblesite has some amazing space imagery that is in the public domain – it’s produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach.

NGC 1300 lies some 70 million light-years away on the banks of the constellation Eridanus. This Hubble Space Telescope composite view of the gorgeous island universe was released at this week’s (ed. 01/12/2005) meeting of the American Astronomical Society as one of the largest Hubble images ever made of a complete galaxy. NGC 1300 spans over 100,000 light-years and the Hubble image reveals striking details of the galaxy’s dominant central bar and majestic spiral arms. In fact, on close inspection the nucleus of this classic barred spiral itself shows a remarkable region of spiral structure about 3,000 light-years across. Unlike other spiral galaxies, including our own Milky Way, NGC 1300 is not presently known to have a massive central black hole.” – Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (USRA)

The images in the galleries make thoughtful desktop backgrounds for your ‘puter. Kinda makes your mind expand, looking deep into space and time at something that may be long gone…