The NASA/ESA Hubble Area Telescope has delivered an unrivalled snapshot of the barred lenticular galaxy NGC 3384.
NGC 3384 was found by the British astronomer William Herschel on March 11, 1784.
This barred lenticular galaxy is positioned roughly 35 million light-years away within the constellation of Leo.
It’s a member of the Leo I group (M96 group), a bunch of about 24 galaxies, together with three Messier objects (Messier 95, 96 and 105).
Also referred to as LEDA 32292 or UGC 5911, NGC 3384 has most of the options attribute of elliptical galaxies.
Such galaxies glow diffusely, are rounded in form, show few seen options, and infrequently present indicators of current star formation. As an alternative, they’re dominated by historical red-hued stars.
This stands in distinction to the sprightliness of spiral galaxies, comparable to our personal Milky Manner Galaxy, which possess vital populations of younger, blue stars in spiral arms swirling round a shiny core.
Nevertheless, NGC 3384 additionally shows a touch of disk-like construction in direction of its middle, within the type of a central ‘bar’ of stars.
Many spiral galaxies additionally boast such a bar, the Milky Manner Galaxy included.
Such galactic bars are thought to funnel materials by and round a galaxy’s core, serving to to keep up and gasoline the actions and processes occurring there.
This coloration picture of NGC 3384 was constructed from separate exposures taken within the seen area of the spectrum with Hubble’s Superior Digicam for Surveys (ACS).
Two filters — F465W and F850W — have been used to pattern varied wavelengths.
The colour outcomes from assigning totally different hues to every monochromatic picture related to a person filter.