Monday, June 23, 2008


A Big Barred Spiral Galaxy

NGC 1300, 70 million light years away, 100,000 light years across. Nearly half of the spiral galaxies are barred like this one. Ours could be too, for all we know. The scientists say there is no big black hole in the center of this one (and there is in ours). I'm willing to believe them but what's with the spiral structure in the middle of the bar then? And what's the explanation for the asymetry of the sprial arms?



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