Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope lands a UFO in this near edge-on extragalactical image of spiral galaxy NGC 2683.

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Astronomers named the galaxy “UFO Galaxy” because NGC 2683 has the shape of a classic science fiction spaceship such as the one in The Day the Earth Stood Still. One wonders what English astronomer William Herschel thought of it when he discovered the galaxy in 1788.

Zoom across this barred spiral galaxy. The UFO Galaxy has a similar structure as our own Milky Way Galaxy. Travel from the golden haze of the galactic core and across the dusty and delicate dust lanes. As we pass the dark dust that makes up the spiral arms, look for patches of blue stars. These are clusters of bright and new blue stars newly born in star-forming regions of the galaxy. Red clouds of hydrogen gas point the way to these star nurseries. Look in the background for dozens of faraway galaxies.

NGC 2683 is found about 35 million light years away toward the constellation of Lynx. Lynx was first introduced by Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius in 1687. Lynx is named not for the animal but because it is hard to see. One needs the sharp eyes of a cat to see this dim constellation.

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