Release 556 of 1,129

Hubble Snaps Images of a Pinwheel-Shaped Galaxy

Release date: Feb 7, 2006 9:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

This dramatic spiral galaxy is one of the latest viewed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Stunning details of the face-on spiral galaxy, cataloged as NGC 1309, are captured in this color image. NGC 1309 was home to supernova SN 2002fk, whose light reached Earth in September 2002. NGC 1309 resides 100 million light-years (30 Megaparsecs) from Earth. It is one of about 200 galaxies that make up the Eridanus group of galaxies.