Put it on a postcard.
We can’t guarantee a perfect photo opp from our fixed vantage point of the floating space rock called Earth. Space is vast, and three-dimensional. Things don’t always line up as well as NGC 5468 does in this image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
The spiral galaxy that NASA highlighted in a Friday post is situated over 130 million light-years away from the point in space we call home. Our face-on look at NGC 5468 makes it easier to spot the massive explosion created collapsing stars, or supernovae.
According to NASA, NGC 5468 has been home to five separate supernovae over the past 20 years. I’m not familiar enough with stellar cartography to tell you where in this image those former stars might be located, or if that’s even possible.
But the image speaks for itself, and that’s the real reason we’re here. If you want more, just spend a while browsing through Hubble’s vast archives.