Lying 45 million light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation of Fornax (The Furnace), this bright star-forming ring surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy.

Source: spacetelescope.org via Buzzfeed

 

Category: Science, Weekend

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4 Responses to “Constellation of Fornax”

  1. Robert M says:

    Roy Batty: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.”

    Thanks for reminding us those moments will not be lost in time.

  2. Low Budget Dave says:

    Any good picture of space poses many more questions than it answers. This one is no exception. Even having studied angular momentum, overlap of concentric eliptical orbits, and so on, the structure of a galaxy seems impossible.

  3. ottnott says:

    So, it will be at least 45 million years before it hits New Orleans.

  4. WallaWalla says:

    That’s truly fascinating and beautiful.

    So far, the biggest impact of the shutdown to my personal life is the loss of NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. Hopefully it’s back up soon.