NGC 1300 is a barred spiral galaxy. In a barred spiral, the galaxy’s arms connect to the ends of a straight bar of stars that contains the galaxy’s nucleus. Recent evidence suggests that our Milky Way Galaxy may be a barred spiral.
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Publication: June 30, 2006