The Hubble Space Telescope has caught an extraordinary new view of an enormous galaxy that is more than two times the volume of the Milky Way.
The elliptical galaxy, recognized as NGC 474, is found approximately 100 million light-years from Earth. The Hubble telescope caught an up-close view of the inner region of the universe, disclosing its vast extent.
Measuring approximately 250,000 light-years across, NGC 474 is 2.5 times larger than the Milky Way galaxy. However, the size of NGC 474 is not its only extraordinary feature, according to a statement from NASA, which released the fresh image on May 18.
The absorbed galaxy could create waves during a galactic union, forming the layered shells identified in NGC 474. This process is identical to how a pebble dropped in water creates waves.
“About 10% of elliptical galaxies have shell structures, but unlike most elliptical galaxies, which are associated with galaxy clusters, shelled ellipticals usually lie in relatively space,” NASA said officials confirmed in the statement. “It may be that they’ve cannibalized their neighbors.”
The current image of NGC 474 was snatched by using Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. Researchers also utilized databases from Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 and Wide Field Camera 3 to get an extensive view of the enormous galaxy.