This Gorgeous Spiral Galaxy Photo May Hold Clues About Our Milky Way's Inner Workings | 6/10/2019 | Elizabeth Howell
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A beautiful new Hubble Space Telescope image of a barred spiral galaxy shows a scene similar to what outside observers might see when they look at our own Milky Way.

The image of NGC 7773 shows a prominent bar of stars slashing right through the heart of the galaxy, moving from the star-studded spiral arms on one side of the galaxy to the other. Astronomers are studying this object to better learn about changes in our own Milky Way home.

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"Astronomers think that these bar structures emerge later in the lifetime of a galaxy, as star-forming material makes its way towards the galactic center," officials from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said in a statement.

"Younger spirals do not feature barred structures as often as older spirals do, suggesting that bars are a sign of galactic maturity. They are also thought...
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