This galaxy, NGC 4565, is a disk galaxy viewed at nearly an edge-on angle. Galaxies like these are of particular interest for their links to star formation and the speeds at which galaxies rotate.

This galaxy, NGC 4565, is a disk galaxy viewed at nearly an edge-on angle. Galaxies like these are of particular interest for their links to star formation and the speeds at which galaxies rotate.

1998. What may first appear as a sunny side up egg is actually NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's face-on snapshot of the small spiral galaxy NGC 7742. But NGC 7742 is not a run-of-the-mill spiral galaxy. In fact, this spiral is known to be a Seyfert 2 active galaxy, a type of galaxy that is probably powered by a black hole residing in its core.

1998. What may first appear as a sunny side up egg is actually NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's face-on snapshot of the small spiral galaxy NGC 7742. But NGC 7742 is not a run-of-the-mill spiral galaxy. In fact, this spiral is known to be a Seyfert 2 active galaxy, a type of galaxy that is probably powered by a black hole residing in its core.

Small spiral galaxy NGC 7742. This spiral is known to be a Seyfert 2 active galaxy, a type of galaxy that is probably powered by a black hole residing in its core. The core of NGC 7742 is the large yellow 'yolk' in the centreof the image. Credit: Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA) - via Jean-Baptiste Faure

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Small spiral galaxy NGC 7742. This spiral is known to be a Seyfert 2 active galaxy, a type of galaxy that is probably powered by a black hole residing in its core. The core of NGC 7742 is the large yellow 'yolk' in the centreof the image. Credit: Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA) - via Jean-Baptiste Faure

Images of super spiral galaxies. Examples with peculiar morphology: (1) multi-arm spiral, (8) asymmetric two-arm spiral, (21) ring galaxy, (23) possible tidal arm, (33) asymmetric disk, (34) possible secondary bulge, (53) partial arms or shells. Image credit: SDSS.

Images of super spiral galaxies. Examples with peculiar morphology: (1) multi-arm spiral, (8) asymmetric two-arm spiral, (21) ring galaxy, (23) possible tidal arm, (33) asymmetric disk, (34) possible secondary bulge, (53) partial arms or shells. Image credit: SDSS.

Barred Spiral Galaxy - ESA/Hubble & NASA

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