||At a distance of 32 million light years, NGC 3319 is a relatively
nearby galaxy. Much of the activity in this galaxy is resigned to the
central bar- the rest of the galaxy is seemingly quiet (and *very* dim). A few
starforming regions punctuate the ends of the bar and the bends in the
spiral arms. Astronomers have wondered why this particular barred-spiral
seems to lack much gas (and thereby much starformation). The distribution of
hydrogen gas in this galaxy is also significantly asymmetric. The reason
for this is unknown as normally interaction with another galaxy would cause
this effect; but there are no perturbers in the vicinity.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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