Hubble Captures   Galaxy Face-On

Magnificent Grand Spiral

NASA’s Hubble Space

 Telescope features the Grand Design Spiral, NGC 3631, located approximately 53 million light-years away

The “arms” of

 grand design spirals appear to wind around and into the galaxy’s nucleus.

In contrast to

 multi-arm and flocculent spirals, a grand design spiral galaxy has obvious and well-defined spiral arms.

A grand design

 galaxy’s spiral arms stretch clearly across the galaxy through many radians and

NGC 3631’s grand spiral

 arms reveals dark dust lanes and bright star-forming regions along the inner part of the spiral arms.

Star formation in

 spirals is similar to a traffic jam on the interstate.

Fireball 10x Brighter Than  Mississippi

The Moon Streaks Over