Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1672

Galaxy NGC 1672

NGC 1672 is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Dorado. It was originally thought to be a member of the Dorado Group, however, this membership was later rejected.

NGC 1672 has a large bar which is estimated to measure around 20 kpc. It has very strong radio emissions emanating from its nucleus, bar, and the inner portion of the spiral arm region. The nucleus is Seyfert type 2 and is engulfed by a starburst region. The strongest polarized emissions come from the northeastern region which is upstream from its dust lanes. Magnetic field lines are at large angles with respect to the bar and turn smoothly to the center.

The center of the galaxy contains a high surface brightness bar, and four filament-like spiral arms extend outward from the ends of this bar. The spiral arms are asymmetric; one of the arms in the northeast part of the disk is significantly brighter than its counterpart on the other side. The spiral arms also contain numerous star formation regions, some of which may be as large as 4′

Source: - 25.09.2010

Galaxy NGC 1672

The dark lines consist of interstellar dust, which spreads out of the nucleus of the galaxy along the inner borders of the spiral arms.

The tiny blue points along the spiral arms of Galaxy NGC 1672 are conglomerations of hot young stars.

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