This delicate spiral galaxy is located 49
million light years away. Astronomers who recently studied this
galaxy determined that the central bar of the galaxy is a
relatively young feature (by galactic standards) at around 1/2
billion years old. Through time galaxies change in their
structure and shape. This galaxy might evenutally look something
like NGC 1300. These astronomers also analyzed 77 HII (gas
clouds, pink in this picture) regions in this galaxy.