Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300
This Hubble Space Telescope image shows a barred spiral galaxy known as NGC 1300. This galaxy is considered to be typical of barred spiral galaxies. Barred spirals differ from normal spiral galaxies in that the arms of the galaxy do not spiral all the way into the center, but are connected to the two ends of a straight bar of stars containing the nucleus at its center. The image shows a number fine details, some of which have never before been seen. NGC 1300 is located 70 million light-years away on the banks of the constellation Eridanus.
NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)