Snapping a galaxy in some spare time
This spectacular image is of the spiral galaxy NGC 3981 which lies approximately 65 million light years away from Earth in the constellation of Crater, and it provided an excellent pastime for the European Southern Observatory (ESO)’s Very Large Telescope.
One night in May 2018 in Chile, the weather proved unsuitable for scientific observations, but instead of sitting idle and doing nothing scientists captured this galactic beauty as part of ESO’s Cosmic
Gem Programme. This outreach programme will benefit greatly from having this galactic snapshot which presents all the appealing characteristics a galaxy has to offer.