This sparkling spiral galaxy looks almost stretched across the sky in this new photo from NASA/ ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy, known as the NGC 4100, boasts a neat spiral structure and swirling arms, speckled with the light blue hue of newly formed stars.
Like so many of the amazing images of galaxies we enjoy today, this image was taken by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). This remarkable instrument was installed in 2002, and with some service over the years by naughty astronauts it is still going strong. You can access many of the amazing images taken by ACS here, with objects from spiral galaxies out of this world (seen in the image below) to dark, impressive fog, bizarre cosmic phenomena and sparkling clusters of thousands upon thousands of stars.