NASA’s latest Picture of the Week is a dramatic photograph of the spiral galaxy NGC 2608 as caught by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
The passing glimpse shows the numerous arm-like structures that sweep around this barred spiral galaxy.
The galaxy looks a little bit like our own Milky Way, except it’s a slightly stretched, smaller version. This galaxy is noted for its peppered blue-and-red spiral arms, anchored together by a prominent horizontal central bar.
In previous Hubble photos, the Milky Way stars have presented like pinpoints of light with lens flares. A star with these attributes is apparent in the upper right corner of the image. Another is spotted just below the pale centre of the galaxy.
But with NGC 2608, closer inspection shows some of those “stars” to be thousands of distant galaxies.
NGC 2608 represents just one among an uncountable number of kindred structures and enables viewers to get a glimpse of infinity.