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Hubble snaps stunning barred spiral galaxy image

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NGC 1073 lies in the Cetus (a sea monster in Greek mythology) constellation

The Hubble space telescope has captured an image of a "barred spiral" galaxy that could help us better understand our own Milky Way.

Most of the known spiral galaxies fall into this "barred" category - which are defined by the pronounced bar structure across their centres.

The presence of this structure may be an indication of a galaxy's age.

Two-thirds of nearby, younger galaxies have the bar, while only a fifth of older, more distant spirals have it.

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