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A warped, edge-on spiral galaxy

In celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary, coming up this week, an image captured by the telescope in 2001.

Warped, edge-on spiral galaxy ESO 510-G13, as captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2001.  Read more about this image

Warped, edge-on spiral galaxy ESO 510-G13, as captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2001. Read more about this image. Image via NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week. Has any other recent innovation in astronomy so changed our perception of the cosmos? We’ll be running some glorious Hubble images this week, like the one above of ESO 510-G13, a warped spiral galaxy seen edge-on from our earthly perspective. The dust and spiral arms of normal spiral galaxies, like our own Milky Way, appear flat when viewed edge-on. This galaxy has an unusual twisted disk structure. ESO 510-G13 lies in the southern constellation Hydra, roughly 150 million light-years from Earth. Hubble captured this image in 2001.

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