The present day Universe

This image shows a "slice" of the Universe as it is today. The shape is that of the Hubble tuning fork diagram, which describes and separates galaxies according to their morphology into spiral (S), elliptical (E), and lenticular (S0) galaxies. On the left of this diagram are the ellipticals, with lenticulars in the middle, and the spirals branching out on the right side. The spirals on the bottom branch have bars cutting through their centres. Our local Universe displays big, fully formed and intricate galaxy shapes.

This image is illustrative; the Hubble images used were selected based on their appearance. The individual distances to these galaxies are only approximate.


NASA, ESA, M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Release date:15 August 2013, 15:00
Related releases:heic1315
Size:3500 x 2528 px

About the Object

Name:Hubble Galaxy Classification
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy
Local Universe : Cosmology

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