In this recently made public image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the galaxy NGC 1961 unfolds its stunning spiral arms.
The dusty spiral arms that wrap around the galaxy's burning centre are dotted with glittering, blue regions of young, brilliant stars.
The galaxy NGC 1961 is an AGN, or active galactic nucleus, and it has an intermediate spiral shape. Intermediate spiral galaxies fall between "barred" and "unbarred" spiral galaxies.
At specific wavelengths of light, GN galaxies have extremely brilliant centres that frequently significantly outshine the rest of the galaxy.
This graphic was produced using information from two proposals. The first looked at as-yet undiscovered Arp galaxies, while the second focused on the ancestors and outbursts of several supernovae.
Supermassive black holes at the centres of these galaxies are probably responsible for the brilliant jets and winds that influence their evolution.
Low-energy charged particles are emitted by NGC 1961, a kind of AGN that is relatively frequent.
NGC 1961 is a star in the constellation Camelopardalis that is roughly 180 million light-years distant.
On December 3, 1788, William Herschel made the discovery. NGC 1961 has seen four supernovae: SN 1998eb, SN 2001is, SN 2013cc, and SN 2021vaz.
Given its apparent size and its distance from Earth, NGC 1961 is more than 220,000 light years across. It is located approximately 200 million light years away.