This Hubble Space Telescope image shows a section of the spiral galaxy nicknamed the Needle’s Eye – an appropriately diminutive name for a dwarf spiral galaxy. The Needle’s Eye, also known as NGC 247 and Caldwell 62, is located about 11 million light-years away in the Sculptor Group – the closest group of galaxies to our own (the Local Group). The galaxy was given its nickname because one end of it features a strange void of stars (not seen in this Hubble close-up).

Learn more: Hubble Images a Dwarf Spiral with Multiple Mysteries

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and H. Feng (Tsinghua University); Image processing: G. Kober (NASA Goddard/Catholic University of America)


这张哈勃太空望远镜图像显示了螺旋星系的一部分,绰号为针眼——矮螺旋星系的一个适当的小名称。针眼,也被称为NGC 247和考德威尔62,位于距离我们大约1,100万光年的雕刻家星系团——距离我们最近的星系群(本星系群)。这个星系被赋予了这个绰号,因为它的一端有一个奇怪的恒星空洞(在这张哈勃望远镜的特写镜头中没有显示)。

了解更多:哈勃拍摄到一个具有多重谜团的矮螺旋

影像来源:NASA、ESA和H.Feng(清华大学);图像处理:G.Kober(NASA戈达德/美国天主教大学)

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