The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently shared a stunning image of a spiral galaxy NGC 4485. The image has been shared by the NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory official Instagram page and has gathered over 16,000 likes so far.
The caption for the image states, “Right #now Chandra is studying NGC 4485. This #galaxy is irregular in shape, but it hasn’t always been that way. Once a spiral galaxy, NGC 4485 is being distorted by gravity’s pull towards another galaxy, NGC 4490, which lies out of frame to the bottom right of this image”.
The picture looks absolutely stunning and has left netizens totally awestruck by its beauty. One user commented, “this beautiful image is the best possible option for the phone background😍📱👌🏻”, another commented, “Wow! Beautiful!”. Check out this stunning image of the spiral galaxy NGC 4485:
According to NASA, this irregular galaxy NGC 4485 shows all the signs of having been involved in a hit-and-run accident with a bypassing galaxy. Instead of destroying the galaxy, the encounter is spawning a new generation of stars and planets which is absolutely amazing. The right side of the galaxy is ablaze with star formation, which’s visible in the plethora of young blue stars and nebulas. If you look at the left side, it looks intact and contains hints of the galaxy’s previous spiral structure, which, at one time, was undergoing normal galactic evolution.
NASA further explains that there’s a larger culprit galaxy, NGC 4490, that lies at the bottom of the frame. The two galaxies sideswiped each other millions of years ago and are now 24,000 light-years apart. This activity triggered a flurry of star formation. Also, this galaxy is a nearby example of the kind of cosmic bumper-car activity that was more common billions of years ago when the universe was smaller and galaxies were closer together.
The spiral galaxy NGC 4485 lies 25 million light-years away in the northern constellation Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs) and has been captured by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) that provides further insight into the complexities of galaxy evolution.