The Hubble Space Telescope captured images of our neighboring closed spiral galaxy NGC 1512, located 30 million light years from Earth, using light rays of different wavelengths. The galaxy is located in the constellation Horologium and can be seen by ordinary telescopes because it is relatively close. The NGC 512 has an extension of 70,000 light years, a size similar to that of our Milky Way. Hubble used a range of rays from infrared to ultraviolet to see the galaxy in parts. The core has a width of 2,400 light years. Astronomers found a ring of dwarf stars in the nucleus.
Astronomers studying the NGC 1512 circumnuclear ring are particularly interested in seeing how star formation cycles develop, from the gaseous material that falls into the galaxy's nucleus. The darkening of the clusters due to dust seems to be an intermittent phenomenon. The clusters are either completely hidden, surrounded by their maternal clouds, or almost completely exposed.
It is remarkable the similarity that exists in the characteristics of these starbursts and those of others that have been studied in detail with Hubble. The circumnuclear rings are common in barred spiral galaxies. Astrophysicists believe that it is these bars that serve as a pantry of material to the rings.
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