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NASA's Hubble Just Spotted A Massive Eye Lurking In Space

Located in the southern constellation of Libra, the image of NGC 5728 captured by the Hubble telescope shows a spiral design and a bright nucleus.

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured the stunning image of a Seyfert galaxy — the uninspiringly named NGC 5728 — whose center is emitting a huge amount of light, but the rest of the galaxy is still clearly visible in all its glory and resembles some sort of a celestial eye. A Seyfert galaxy is characterized by its extremely bright nucleus that emits a tremendous amount of electromagnetic radiation, and also has a supermassive black hole at its center.

Almost 10 percent of all galaxies in the universe are said to fall under the category of Seyfert galaxies, and due to their extremely active radiation activity, they’re also one of the most widely studied topics in the field. A Seyfert galaxy looks like a regular spiral galaxy, but it has an active galactic nucleus (AGN) at the center that has an unusually high luminosity in certain regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Notably, Seyfert galaxies fall under the class of active galaxies, which are known to be the most luminous source of electromagnetic radiation in the Universe.

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