NASA, the US space agency, has unveiled an attractive image of the galaxy captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
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The spiral galaxy NGC2336 is the northernmost galaxy, Camelopardalis (Giraffe), about 200,000 light-years across and about 100 million light-years away.
“The NGC2336 Galaxy Par Excellence is large, beautiful, and blue,” NASA said, adding that its spiral-shaped arms are illuminated by young stars, visible in their bright blue light.
“Conversely, the red center of the galaxy is dominated by older stars,” she noted.
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NGC 2336 was discovered in 1876 by the German astronomer Wilhelm Temple using a 0.28 m telescope.
According to NASA, the image was obtained because Hubble’s main mirror is 2.4 meters wide and ten times the size of the temple’s telescope.
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NGC 2336 experienced a type IA supernova in 1987, the only supernova seen in the galaxy since being discovered 111 years ago.
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