A galaxy known as UGC 12588 is an oddity in space. While most galaxies have long spiralling arms of stars, like the Milky Way, UGC 1258 looks more like a ‘cinnamon bun’ with a dense centre. The galaxy is found in the constellation of Andromeda, and is 31 million light-years away.
For reference, one light-year is about six trillion miles (nine trillion km).
However, that distance is no match for Hubble which managed to snap the delicious looking galaxy.
NASA said in a statement: “Observed with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the faint galaxy featured in this image is known as UGC 12588.
“Unlike many spiral galaxies, UGC 12588 displays neither a bar of stars across its centre nor the classic prominent spiral arm pattern.
“Instead, to a viewer, its circular, white and mostly unstructured centre makes this galaxy more reminiscent of a cinnamon bun than a megastructure of stars and gas in space.
“Lying in the constellation of Andromeda in the Northern Hemisphere, this galaxy is classified as a spiral galaxy.
“Unlike the classic image of a spiral galaxy, however, the huge arms of stars and gas in UGC 12588 are very faint, undistinguished, and tightly wound around its centre.
“The clearest view of the spiral arms comes from the bluer stars sprinkled around the edges of the galaxy that highlight the regions where new star formation is most likely taking place.”
This is because it has the capability of scanning thousands of planets for alien life by looking for biosignatures in the atmosphere of a planet.
NASA has said: “The James Webb Space Telescope (sometimes called JWST or Webb) is an orbiting infrared observatory that will complement and extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, with longer wavelength coverage and greatly improved sensitivity.
“The longer wavelengths enable Webb to look much closer to the beginning of time and to hunt for the unobserved formation of the first galaxies, as well as to look inside dust clouds where stars and planetary systems are forming today.”