NGC 3294 is a tightly coiled galaxy around 70 million light
years away. This galaxy has a small bar in its heart and it was
one of many galaxies surveyed by astronomers recently. In the survey,
astronomers looked at over 900 different galaxies (NGC 3294 shown here
was one) and tried to determine if their shape was caused by their environment.
What they found is that barred galaxies seem to form in a variety of
environments (with and without the perturbating effects of neighboring
galaxies) . Thus they concluded that barred spiral galaxies probably
form due to mechanics in the galaxy itself.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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