The Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1672


NGC 1672

NGC 1672 is a barred spiral galaxy.  It can be found in the constellation Dorado – The Swordfish.  An interesting feature in NGC 1672 is a large bright bar that bisects it. 

If you look closely, you notice that this galaxy contains four spiral arms which contain clusters of hot young blue stars and clouds of hydrogen gas.  The arms contain many star formation regions as well.  The galaxy is thought to measure about 75,000 light years across.

NGC 1672 is 60 million light years away from us.

This image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and was released on April 3, 2007.

Image Credit:  ESA/Hubble



2 Responses to “The Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1672”

  • Kruncher says:

    60 million miles away? So it’s closer than our own sun? Huh?

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    Greg - Staff Writer replied:

    Ha! It’s actually 60 million light years away. Nice catch! Post updated. Thanks.

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