US space research agency NASA on Friday shared previously unseen images of the NGC 6946 galaxy or the ‘Fireworks Galaxy’, that witnesses frequent volatile fireworks or supernovae.
The image was shared on the official handle of Hubble Telescope also informing that the galaxy is 25.2 million light-years away from earth.
“In the last century alone, the Fireworks Galaxy (or NGC 6946) has experienced 10 observed supernovae. For context, our Milky Way Galaxy averages just one to two supernova events per century! The Fireworks Galaxy resides 25.2 million light-years away from us, along the border of the northern constellations of Cepheus and Cygnus,” read the caption.
In a blog post, NASA explained that in the last century, the NGC 6946 has experienced 10 observed supernovae, earning its nickname as the Fireworks Galaxy. “In comparison, our Milky Way averages just one to two supernova events per century,” the space agency added.
The images were collected using NASA’s Hubble telescope and have gone viral on the internet. Notably, Hubble turned 30-years old last year and on its anniversary, NASA released previously unseen images of beautiful celestial objects. The images include a collection of 50 captures featuring 30 objects which are so bright to be observed by amateur astronomers across the globe.
It was for the first time that NASA shared the images for public release to honour Hubble’s 30th anniversary. The astronomical catalogue comprised 109-star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
“Hubble’s unique design, allowing it to be repaired and upgraded with advanced technology by astronauts, has made it one of NASA’s longest-living and most valuable space-based observatories, beaming transformational astronomical images to Earth for decades,” NASA said in a blog post last year.
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