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This spiral galaxy shines like a jewel ⁣ ⁣ Using @NASAHubble‘s Wide Field Camera…


This spiral galaxy shines like a jewel 💎⁣

Using @NASAHubble‘s Wide Field Camera 3, we can peer into the home of this galaxy, located 68 million light-years from Earth. The camera was installed in 2009 when astronauts last visited Hubble, and 12 years later it remains remarkably productive. ⁣

The galaxy is found in the southern hemisphere constellation Fornax. The Fornax constellation is not named after an animal or an ancient god, as are many constellations. Fornax is simply the Latin word for a furnace. It was named Fornax by Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, a French astronomer born in 1713.⁣

Caption: @EuropeanSpaceAgency (ESA)⁣
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST Team⁣



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