Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Survey (ACS) captured a beautiful image of the central part of the forbidden spiral galaxy NGC 2217.
NGC 2217 is located approximately 83 million light-years away in the constellations of Canis Major.
Otherwise known as LEDA 18883, AM 0619-271 and ESO 489-42, the galaxy was discovered on January 20, 1835 by English astronomer John Herschel.
NGC 2217 is the central component of concentrations of galaxies known as the NGC 2217 group.
Hubble’s astronomers said, “This spiral galaxy resembles the shape of 100,000 light years on our Milky Way.”
“Many stars are centered in its central region, forming a luminous stripe, surrounded by a set of tightly wound spiral arms.”
“In galaxies of this type the central stripe plays an important role in their evolution, which helps the gas from the disk into the funnel,” the researchers explained.
“Transport gases and dust are either formed in new stars or fed to supermassive black holes in the center of the galaxy.”
“Weighing from a few hundred to a billion times the mass of our Sun, supermassive black holes exist in almost all large galaxies.”