A Spiral within a Spiral - Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300
NGC 1300 is a barred spiral galaxy about 61 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus. The galaxy is about 110,000 light-years across, which is just slightly larger than our own galaxy. It is a member of the Eridanus Cluster, a cluster of over 200 galaxies.
In the core of the larger spiral structure of NGC 1300, the nucleus shows its own extraordinary and distinct “grand-design” spiral structure that is about 3,300 light-years long. Only galaxies with large-scale bars appear to have these grand-design inner disks — a spiral within a spiral. Models suggest that the gas in a bar can be funneled inwards, and then spiral into the center through the grand-design disk, where it can potentially fuel a central black hole. However, NGC 1300 is not known to have an active nucleus. Scientists and Astronomers still have much to learn from this galaxy’s structure.
Credit: NASA/IPAC/Hubble/Wikipedia

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