This remarkable spiral galaxy, known as NGC 4651, may look serene and peaceful as it swirls in the vast, silent emptiness of space, but don’t be fooled — it keeps a violent secret. It is believed that this galaxy consumed another smaller galaxy to become the large and beautiful spiral that we observe today.

Although only a telescope like the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, which captured this image, could give us a picture this clear, NGC 4651 can also be observed with an amateur telescope — so if you have a telescope at home and a star-gazing eye, look out for this glittering carnivorous spiral.

Text credit: ESA (European Space Agency)
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Leonard

这个引人注目的螺旋星系,即NGC 4651,当它在广袤、寂静的太空中旋转时,看起来像宁静祥和,但不要被愚弄了——它隐藏着一个暴烈的秘密。据信,这个星系吞噬了另一个较小的星系,形成了我们今天看到的巨大而美丽的螺旋。

尽管只有像NASA/ESA哈勃太空望远镜这样的望远镜能够捕获到这张图像,才能使我们获得清晰的照片,但是NGC 4651也可以用业余望远镜观察到——所以如果你家里有望远镜和一双观星的眼睛,留意一下这个闪闪发光的食肉螺旋。

图片来源:ESA/Hubble和NASA, D. Leonard

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Aana Evelyn

cool,I want explorer it secret