Hubble telescope takes new picture of distant galaxy

Last updated at 13:24
Galaxy with spiral of stars surrounding strong central bar of lightNASA

The Hubble space telescope has captured an image of a galaxy with what appears to be a bar of light across the middle.

This galaxy has the rather boring name of NGC 1073 and is part of a constellation called Cetus.

Stargazers say the discovery could help us better understand our own galaxy, the Milky Way.

The description given to galaxies like this is "barred spiral" and helps experts figure out how old the galaxy might be.

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

Spiral of light with strong bar of light at its centreNASA
Great picture - boring name? Another Barred Spiral galaxy, called NGC 1300