NASA Hubble Telescope Gets Glimpse of Dying Galaxy

The Hubble Telescope has observed that the NGC 1947 galaxy is dying after losing gas and dust that is essential to the production of new stars.

The NGC 1947 galaxy was discovered almost 200 years ago by James Dunlop. The galaxy can only be seen from the southern hemisphere of Earth and is a “lenticular” galaxy, meaning its original shape was between an ellipse and a spiral.

NGC 1947’s spiral arms have lost a significant portion of their material after reviewing images captured by the Hubble. Scientist at NASA have noted that small portions of the escaping gas can be seen thanks to backlighting from other nearby stars.

Due to the loss of the gas and dust contained within these arms, scientists have concluded that it is unlikely that NGC 1947 will produce new stars, news that likely spells death for the galaxy.

The images taken from the Hubble were posted by NASA following technical problems in the telescope’s software. NASA engineers were able to bring its systems back online on March 11.

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