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Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300

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Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300

Big, beautiful, barred spiral galaxy
NGC 1300 lies some 70 million
light-years away on the banks of the

This Hubble Space Telescope
composite view of the gorgeous island
universe is one of the
largest Hubble images ever made of a complete

NGC 1300
spans over 100,000 light-years and the
image reveals striking details of the galaxy's dominant
central bar and majestic spiral arms.

In fact, on close inspection
the nucleus of this classic barred
spiral itself shows a remarkable region of
spiral structure
about 3,000 light-years across.

Unlike other
spiral galaxies,
including our own
Milky Way, NGC 1300
is not presently known to have a massive
central black hole.

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