Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1073 (Feb 20 Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Space Telescope Many spiral galaxies have bars across their centers. Even our own Milky Way Galaxy is thought to have a modest central bar.
The galaxy NGC 1097 is located 50 million light-years away, is spiral-shaped like our Milky Way, with long, spindly arms of stars. The "eye" at the center of the galaxy is a large black hole surrounded by a ring of stars.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a rare alignment between two spiral galaxies. The outer rim of a small, foreground galaxy is silhouetted in front of a larger background galaxy. Skeletal tentacles of dust can be seen extending beyond the small g