This galaxy, named NGC 5861, lies about 85 million lightyears away in the constellation of Libra. It’s an intermediate spiral galaxy, which means its shape is somewhere between a barred spiral galaxy, like our Milky Way, and an unbarred spiral galaxy.
Barred spiral galaxies like our home galaxy are so-called because they appear to have a bar-like structure of stars and gas running through their centre.
Observatory Hubble Space Telescope
Release date 11 May 2020
Image credit ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.