Galactic Niner

Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and W. Keel (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa) Merging together to form the number 9, two galaxies comprise AM0500-620. Explore the image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The...

Eight-Burst

Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA/NASA) Shaped like the number eight, astronomers in the southern hemisphere call this the Eight-Burst or the Southern Ring Nebula. NGC 3132 is a planetary nebula. The name “planetary nebula” refers to the shape...

Mirror 7

Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University) Forming the number seven, the interacting galaxies that make up NGC 5331 mirror each other as they begin to...

Swirl 6

Credit: NASA, ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Locked in a graceful, gravity-induced dance with another galaxy, NGC 3808 appears as a swirling number six. This pair of interacting galaxies, known as Arp 87, is just one of thousands of merging and colliding...

Spiral 5

Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) The swirling arms of NGC 3310 blaze the number five in this image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Explore the image of this active starburst galaxy. New stars in most galaxies form at a slow rate....