Skip to comments.'UFO Galaxy' Spotted by Hubble Telescope (NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on)
Posted on 04/12/2012 2:55:53 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
The Hubble Space Telescope has found a UFO, but this one is filled with stars instead of little green men.
The iconic space telescope snapped an amazing new photo of the "UFO Galaxy" a galaxy 35 million light-years from Earth that is officially known as NGC 2683.
"NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on, giving it the shape of a classic science fiction spaceship," NASA officials wrote in a recent image description.
The galaxy was originally discovered on Feb. 5, 1788 by famed astronomer William Herschel. It is located in the Lynx constellation in the northern sky. But it was astronomers with the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory in Cocoa, Fla., that dubbed NGC 2683 a cosmic UFO.
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NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on, giving it the shape of a classic science fiction spaceship. / ESA/Hubble & NASA
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Knowing how common planets are, just looking at a photo like this just has me imagining the trillions of worlds and civilizations that must reside in this one image.
The galaxy captured in this image, called UGC 12158, certainly isnt camera-shy:
this spiral stunner is posing face-on to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescopes Advanced Camera for Surveys, revealing its structure in fine detail.
Looks about like other spiral galaxies we see. Perhaps a little more ‘dusty’ than usual. Could be a smoke screen to hide their mother ship!
Wow that’s an awesome pic! Almost looks like CGI or something.
What’s all that brown stuff?
Thanks KoRn. An “extra, extra” ping to the APoD list members.
Thank You, Norm’s Revenge!