NASA has released an image of a distant “cinnamon cake” in space, one made of stars and gas dust brought together in an unusual way. The image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, which observed the fading galaxy as it lies in the Andromeda constellation. Despite its appearance, NASA says the “cinnamon bun” is a spiral galaxy.
Cinnamon Cake is officially known as UGC 12588 Galaxy; It is a dull galaxy located in a group of galaxies, but it has a unique feature that makes it stand out from the group of galaxies. According to astronomers, UGC 12588 is a spiral galaxy even though it doesn’t look like a galaxy.
Spiral galaxies are so called because of their usually protruding “arms” of gas and stars that spiral outward from the denser center. When it comes to UGC 12588, the arms are wrapped around the center of the galaxy – this, combined with their dull nature, makes the galaxy look like a sphere.
NASA describes the white and red appearance, as well as the shape, as being similar to “cinnamon cake,” the fun nickname for the galaxy. The space agency often refers to orbs and clusters with nicknames indicating their general appearance – for example, there was the “bigger pumpkin” it revealed on Halloween.
For the “cinnamon cake,” this image was made possible by NASA and the joint European Space Agency on Hubble, an old space telescope that will soon be replaced. As with other space photos, anyone can download the HD version of this image From the NASA website.