Galaxy NGC 524. Located in the constellation of Pisces some 90m light-years from Earth, it is a ‘lenticular’ galaxy – believed to be an intermediate state between elliptical and spiral galaxies. Spirals have vast, pinwheel arms that contain millions of stars. Accompanying these are clouds of gas and dust where new stars are born. When most of the gas has dispersed, the arms fade and the spiral shape weakens. What remains is a lenticular galaxy: a bright disc full of old, red stars surrounded by what little gas and dust the galaxy has managed to cling on to | image: Hubble Space Telescope

Galaxy NGC 524. Located in the constellation of Pisces some 90m light-years from Earth, it is a ‘lenticular’ galaxy – believed to be an intermediate state between elliptical and spiral galaxies. Spirals have vast, pinwheel arms that contain millions of stars. Accompanying these are clouds of gas and dust where new stars are born. When most of the gas has dispersed, the arms fade and the spiral shape weakens. What remains is a lenticular galaxy: a bright disc full of old, red stars surrounded by what little gas and dust the galaxy has managed to cling on to | image: Hubble Space Telescope

Galaxy NGC 524 space stars Astronomy lenticular galaxy Hubble Space Telescope Hubble

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