A snake-like galaxy 80 million light-years from Earth

A spiral galaxy curled up like a sleeping serpent in a stunning new image from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), according to a space report.

ALMA’s high altitude depths of 16,500 feet (5,000 m) and the dry climate of the Atacama Desert are an excellent point for the observatory’s 66 radio telescopes suspended for penetrating the sky.

Hovering silently 80 million light-years from Earth like a sleeping coiled snake, NGC 1087 is an intermediate spiral galaxy 86,800 light-years away in the constellation Cetus. This region of the sky is named after a sea monster from Greek mythology and is home to other constellations. Water themed, such as Aquarius and Pisces.

And since it is an image consisting of shots taken at different wavelengths, ALMA’s umbrellas

In a statement, ESO representatives said the regions in blue indicate regions of older, more mature stars, all of which were seen imaged by the Multi-Unit Spectrograph Explorer on ESO’s Large Telescope, located at the vast ALMA Observatory site.

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