Galactic 'Fountain of Youth' Flows in Hubble Photo

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Galactic 'Fountain of Youth' Flows in Hubble Photo

Post by Dr. Manhattan on Sun May 22, 2011 12:09 pm

Galactic 'Fountain of Youth' Flows in Hubble Photo

SPACE.com Staff
Date: 20 May 2011 Time: 11:06 AM ET


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This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the edge-on profile of the slender spiral galaxy NGC 5775, which is surrounded by a halo of gas that astronomers suspect is kicked up by star explosions like a galaxy-size fountain.
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A new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed what scientists have called a veritable galactic "fountain of youth," one that would turn the fictional pirate captain Jack Sparrow of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films green with envy.

Journeying to the mythic Fountain of Youth is Sparrow's goal in Disney's latest installment in the adventure film franchise, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." But the space fountain spotted by Hubble is no myth. [See Hubble's photo of a galaxy fountain]

The new Hubble image shows the galaxy NGC 5775, which is located about 85 million light-years from Earth in a group of galaxies called the Virgo Cluster. NGC 5775 is a spiral galaxy that is tilted away from Earth in such a way that only its edge is visible.

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