NGC 1448

In this image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, you can see NGC 1448. It is an unbarred spiral galaxy, located in the constellation of Horologium (The Pendulum clock,, about 38 million light-years away from Earth.
Because we see NGC 1448 almost edge-on, its spiral structure of this galaxy is not immediately apparent to us.
The galaxy has a supermassive black hole ( located at its center, but the view of this black hole is obstructed by thick layers of gas and dust, so from our line of sight the active nucleus ( can’t be seen, unless we look at its emission of high-energy X-rays with telescope like NuSTAR.
Being an unbarred spiral galaxy ( it lacks the central bar-shaped structure composed of stars, about one third of spiral galaxies are unbarred. A more famous example of an unbarred spiral galaxy is the Sombrero Galaxy (M104,
NGC 1448 was discovered on October 24th, 1835, by the English astronomer John Herschel (
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Image credit: NGC1448 ESA/Hubble & NASA CC BY 4.0
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