Galaxy Providence (NGC 6814)
Galaxy Providence (NGC 6814)
Galaxy Providence (NGC 6814)
Galaxy Providence (NGC 6814)

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Spiral and irregular galaxies make up approximately 55% of the galaxies in the "local" Universe. However, each spiral galaxy is unique — like snowflakes, no two are the same. This is illustrated by the awesome face-on spiral galaxy NGC 6814, whose glowing nucleus and colossal sweeping arms,  is captured in this incredible NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image.

NGC 6814 has an extremely bright nucleus.  These galaxies have very active centres that can emit strong bursts of radiation. The luminous heart of NGC 6814 is a highly variable source of X-ray radiation, causing scientists to suspect that it hosts a supermassive black hole with a mass about 18 million times that of the Sun.

As NGC 6814 is a very active galaxy, many regions of ionised gas are studded along its spiral arms. In these large clouds of gas, a burst of star formation has recently taken place, forging the brilliant blue stars that are visible scattered throughout the galaxy.

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA