Galactic wheel of life shines in infrared

24 octubre 2014

It might look like a spoked wheel or even a «Chakram» weapon wielded by warriors like «Xena,» from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast place of stellar life. A newly released image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 1291. Though the galaxy is quite old, roughly 12 billion years, it is marked by an unusual ring where newborn stars are igniting.