NASA has released an image of the spiral arms of the galaxy NGC 3318 captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy is in the constellation Vela, about 115 million light-years from Earth.
Vela is part of a larger constellation known as Argo Navis. It takes its name from the legendary Argo ship of Greek mythology. The Argo Navis constellation is divided into three parts – Carina, Puppis and Vela.
In the image you can see the outer edges of the galaxy resembling the sails of a ship.
Hoist your cosmic sails ⛵
This #HubbleFriday the image shows the galaxy NGC 3318, part of the constellation Vela… which was originally part of a much larger constellation known as Argo Navis after the Argo ship from Greek mythology!
— Hubble (@NASAHubble) January 21, 2022
Last week, Hubble helped spot a black hole in the Henize 2-10 galaxy that was helping to create stars rather than swallow them. The dwarf galaxy is 30 million light-years away.
On January 1, 2022, the Hubble Space Telescope reached a new milestone: it officially crossed the billion-second mark.
Deployed on April 25, 1990, Hubble has helped make groundbreaking scientific discoveries and has also captured iconic images from space. “We can only imagine what discoveries the next billion seconds will bring as new telescopes like the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope and the future Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope build on Hubble’s discoveries and work with Hubble to expand our understanding of the universe,” NASA said in a statement.