Details of this space spiral are far out!
Dazzling new images of the far-away Phantom Galaxy reveal a psychedelic-style swirl of stars and light in “crystal clear” detail, according to the European Space Agency.
The cosmically cool photos captured by the Hubble and Webb Telescopes show the heart of the galaxy from 32 million light-years away, according to the agency, which collaborates with NASA on both telescopes.
“The hypnotizing swirls of the Phantom Galaxy are magnificent in any light!” NASA wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “With two space telescopes’ powers combined, we can get a more complete view of the universe.”
The cutting-edge technology offers a high-definition glimpse at its “delicate filaments of gas and dust” along with “an unobscured view of the nuclear star cluster at the galaxy’s center,” the ESA announced Monday.
One of the out-of-this-world images shows a glowing, tied dye-like swirl with a hue of blue at its center. Another, reveals a rust-red swirl with dozens of shimmering stars.
The Phantom Galaxy — made up of a mind-bending 1 billion stars — belongs to a class known as the “grand design spiral,” meaning that its well-defined “arms” prominently branch out from its center, the ESA wrote.
The lack of gas in the galaxy’s center also allows scientists to see its nucleus in a new light, the agency said.
Images of the galaxy, formally known as M74, were taken in an effort to chart 19 star-forming galaxies and learn more about the earliest phases of star formation.