Skip to comments.Birds of a Feather: Hubble Images Magnificent Galaxy With “Flocculent” Spiral Arms
Posted on 06/29/2020 9:06:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin
The spiral pattern shown by the galaxy in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is striking because of its delicate, feathery nature. These flocculent spiral arms indicate that the recent history of star formation of the galaxy, known as NGC 2775, has been relatively quiet. There is virtually no star formation in the central part of the galaxy, which is dominated by an unusually large and relatively empty galactic bulge, where all the gas was converted into stars long ago.
NGC 2275 is classified as a flocculent spiral galaxy, located 67 million light-years away in the constellation of Cancer.
Millions of bright, young, blue stars shine in the complex, feather-like spiral arms, interlaced with dark lanes of dust. Complexes of these hot, blue stars are thought to trigger star formation in nearby gas clouds. The overall feather-like spiral patterns of the arms are then formed by shearing of the gas clouds as the galaxy rotates. The spiral nature of flocculents stands in contrast to the grand design spirals, which have prominent, well defined-spiral arms.
Galaxy NGC 2775 as imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST Team. Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla).
My family is tired of my flocculence.
” unusually large and relatively empty galactic bulge “
Maybe the result of a quarantine?
Great pic anyway!
Flocculent: having a loosely clumped texture. By the time I have an opportunity to use this word, I will have long forgotten it.
‘Darling, the oatmeal was unusually flocculent this morning, don’t you think?’
Looks like a big giant eye.
It was interesting, as long as you didn't have to visit the job site... Sometimes, theory is better than reality.
” Sometimes, theory is better than reality. “
Depends on whether one is in the medium. or in the result.
The outer rim territories are the realm of the Hutts who are known for their flocculence.
Me too, butt thanks for looking it up!
I’ve heard that aversion therapy can be helpful - if someone wants to quit smoking, they can try chain smoking a carton.
Maybe if you binge-eat a couple cases of beans, it will go away.
Oh, and thank you for the new background pic on my laptop screen!
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