Hubble Captures Stunning Spiral Galaxy UGC 12295

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning new image of the spiral galaxy UGC 12295. The galaxy is located about 192 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Pisces.

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Filippenko, J. Lyman

The image shows UGC 12295 almost face-on, revealing its bright central bar and tightly wound spiral arms. The galaxy also has a number of star-forming regions, which appear as blue patches in the image.

In 2015, a supernova was detected in UGC 12295. Supernovae are the explosive deaths of massive stars, and they play a major role in the evolution of galaxies. The supernova in UGC 12295 was particularly bright, and it was visible to amateur astronomers with telescopes.

Two teams of astronomers have used Hubble to observe the aftermath of the supernova in UGC 12295. The first team examined the supernova's detritus to better understand the evolution of matter in our universe. The second team of astronomers focused on returning to the sites of some of the best-studied nearby earlier supernovae.

Hubble's keen vision can reveal lingering traces of these energetic events, shedding light on the nature of the systems that host them. The new image of UGC 12295 is a stunning reminder of the beauty and complexity of the universe.

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