Hubble telescope returns with glorious galaxy photos in ‘1-gyroscope mode’

The Hubble Space Telescope is back in action, having returned to science operations, but now with only one working gyroscope. And to prove it still has what it takes, the venerable observatory snapped a stunning photo of the dusty spiral galaxy NGC 1546.

There are about 50 million light years far away in the constellation of Dorado, the swordfish, NGC 1546 is an excellent example of what is called a “flocculent” spiral. Instead of the graceful sweep of curved arms that some spiral galaxies have, NGC 1546 appears more disordered, with bursts of star formation in the arms causing more star formation nearby, leading to the jagged structure.

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