2014 has been a big year for science and this is a great way to cap it off with the new image of a neighboring galaxy released by NASA, taken from the Hubble Space Telescope.
How many planets full of life are in that galaxy that we will never get to see? OK, now I’m sad.
The universe is full of wonder, but Galaxy IC 335 looks more like the crack between the bathroom door when someone has the light on. That’s because NASA explains that from the perspective of Earth, we can only see this galaxy from its side. This makes it difficult for scientists to classify; as all of those cool photos of spiral galaxies you see are from the vantage point of seeing a galaxy on its “face.” However astronomers believe that the new galaxy is an “SO Type” galaxy with ill-defined spirals. So it wouldn’t be much of a “looker” anyway, but the galaxy which is 45 thousand light years across is still awe inspiring! It is part of a group of three galaxies known as the Fornax Galaxy Cluster which totally sounds like something the Starship Enterprise would set course for.
Good job, buddy!
You’ll have to save up your frequent flyer miles to get there as the celestial object is 60 million light years away. In other words it would take 60 million years to get there – traveling at the speed of light. And you thought New York to LA was a long trip. As we enter 2015, the year Marty McFly traveled to in Back To The Future Part II what new and exciting discoveries do you think will be made in space?
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