Hubble Captures Fascinating Image of Lenticular Galaxy

Hubble captura imagem fascinante de galáxia lenticular
Hubble Captures Fascinating Image of Lenticular Galaxy (ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Sharples, S. Kaviraj, W. Keel)

The Hubble Space Telescope, a result of collaboration between NASA and ESA, has managed to capture a fascinating image of the NGC 3156 galaxy.

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With intense brightness, the galaxy is located at a distance of approximately 73 million light-years from Earth, in the Sextans constellation. NGC 3156 is a ‘lenticular galaxy,’ resembling a lens in appearance.

Similar to spiral galaxies, lenticular galaxies have a central bulge of stars and an extensive disk around them. On the other hand, similar to elliptical galaxies, lenticular galaxies are predominantly composed of older stars and have little ongoing star formation.

Using the Hubble, astronomers compared the stars near the galaxy’s core to those in galaxies with supermassive black holes of similar size. The results indicated that NGC 3156 has an above-average percentage of stars being absorbed by its supermassive black hole compared to other similar galaxies.

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