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NGC 4981 - Barred Spiral Galaxy

In this image, taken by the Very Large Telescope, you can see NGC 4981. It is a barred spiral galaxy (https://goo.gl/d3D1xC) located in in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin, https://goo.gl/jNrR2G), about 75 million light-years away from Earth. It has a diameter of 55,000 light-years.

From our point of view the spiral structure of the galaxy is clearly visible.

In 1968 and 2007 the galaxy was host to the supernovae (https://goo.gl/VhJNhj) SN 1968I and SN 2007c.

The bright star in the lower part of the image, showing diffraction spikes (https://goo.gl/uTDOvl), is a foreground star and not located within NGC 4981.

NGC 4981 was discovered on April 17th, 1784, by the British astronomer William Herschel (https://goo.gl/E9YsKH).

More information here:
http://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1706a/

More on the morphological classification of galaxies:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy_morphological_classification

Image credit: NGC 4981 ESO Acknowledgement: Flickr user Josh Barrington https://goo.gl/0DK87D CC BY 4.0 https://goo.gl/hNRHCd

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