IC 5201 is a barred spiral galaxy that sits over 40 million light-years away from us.
Joseph Lunt, a British–South African astronomer discovered this galaxy in 1900, looking at the southern constellation of Grus (The Crane) through a telescope at Cape Town Observatory.
A barred spiral galaxy is a spiral galaxy with a central bar-shaped structure composed of stars. Bars are found in approximately two-thirds of all spiral galaxies. The Milky Way Galaxy, where our own Solar System is located, is classified as a barred spiral galaxy.
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope took this beautiful image of IC 5201 galaxy using its Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), as NASA reports.
Hubble’s ACS can resolve individual stars within other galaxies, making it an invaluable tool to explore how various populations of stars sprang to life, evolved, and died throughout the cosmos.
It should be recalled that NASA’s Juno spacecraft has recently spotted the seventh of eight features forming a ‘string of pearls’ on Jupiter — massive counterclockwise rotating storms that appear as white ovals in the gas giant’s southern hemisphere.