Spiral galaxy in the constellation Fornax • Earth.com

Spiral galaxy in the constellation Fornax

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features the spiral galaxy NGC 1385, which is located 68 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Fornax. 

According to ESA, the Fornax constellation is not named after an animal or an ancient God, as are many of the other constellations. 

Fornax is the Latin word for a furnace. The constellation was named by Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, a French astronomer who was born in 1713.

The image was captured with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

Image Credit: ESA 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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