NASA says its Hubble telescope captured a spiral galaxy that's as bright as a jewel and 68 million light-years from Earth

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NASA says its Hubble telescope captured a spiral galaxy that's as bright as a jewel and 68 million light-years from Earth
The galaxy is known as NGC 1385. ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST Team
  • NASA published a "jewel-bright" photo of a spiral galaxy many millions of light-years from Earth.
  • The galaxy - NGC 1385 - is in the Fornax constellation.
  • The constellation's name is Latin for "furnace."

The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of a "jewel-bright" spiral galaxy, which is 68 million light-years from Earth.

NASA and the European Space Agency published the photo. NASA said in a Friday blog post that it showed NGC 1385, a galaxy in the constellation Fornax.

Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 - a "workhorse camera" - captured the image, the US space agency said. The camera was installed in 2019 during astronauts most recent Hubble visit, it added.

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The name Fornax is not from "an animal or an ancient god," said NASA, but instead comes from the Latin word for furnace.

"The constellation was named Fornax by Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, a French astronomer born in 1713," the ESA said in text accompanying the photo.

The agency added: "Lacaille named 14 of the 88 constellations we still recognize today. He seems to have had a penchant for naming constellations after scientific instruments, including Atlia (the air pump), Norma (the ruler, or set square), and Telescopium (the telescope)."

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The photo was the latest in a long succession of beautiful photos captured by the cameras aboard the Hubble Space Telescope during its three decades observing the cosmos.

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