Hubble Snaps Breathtaking New Image of NGC 2336
Otherwise known as LEDA 21033 and UGC 3809, it lies at a distance of 109 million light-years.
NGC 2336 is a member of a small galaxy group known as the NGC 2336 group.
It also forms a non-interacting pair with the spiral galaxy IC 467.
“NGC 2336 was discovered in 1876 by the German astronomer Wilhelm Tempel, using a 28-cm telescope,” Hubble astronomers said.
“This Hubble image is so much better than the view Tempel would have had — Hubble’s main mirror is 2.4 m across, nearly ten times the size of the telescope Tempel used.”
NGC 2336 has a small bar and at least eight spiral arms.
“NGC 2336 stretches an immense 200,000 light-years across,” the researchers said.
“Its spiral arms are glittered with young stars, visible in their bright blue light.”
“In contrast, the redder central part of the galaxy is dominated by older stars.”
“In 1987, NGC 2336 experienced a Type-Ia supernova, the only observed supernova in the galaxy since its discovery 111 years earlier.”