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Nasa captures a stunning image of a spiral galaxy with an incredible ancient mystery

NO, this is not a science fiction film.

Nasa has snapped a fascinating image of a spiral galaxy some 60 million light-years away.

Spiral galaxy discovered

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Spiral galaxy discoveredImage credits: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST team

It was captured by high-tech equipment aboard the Hubble Space Telescope, which is peering far into space from low Earth orbit.

The galaxy – officially named NGC 4571 – may look impressive, but it’s far from the largest astronomers have seen in space.

It’s actually one of more than a thousand galaxies swirling in a cluster called Virgo.

And the constellation in which the galaxy was found has an interesting history of its own.

It is part of the constellation Coma Berenices, which refers to Queen Berenice II of Egypt and translates as “Bernice’s hair”.

Queen Berenice II ruled over ancient Egypt about 2,200 years ago.

Hubble has been peering into the vastness of the universe since 1990 and remains vital to this day.

But it wasn’t just Hubble’s great work.

NASA described the find as the result of a “treasure chest of combined observations.”

A huge telescope with 66 high-precision antennas in Chile, known as ALMA, also played a major role.

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They also lay the foundation for future exciting scientific discoveries.

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