Spiral Galaxy NGC 3521

With the help of the FORS1 instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile astronomers was taken the picture of the nearby galaxy NGC 3521. The large spiral galaxy lies in the constellation of Leo (The Lion), and is only 35 million llight-years from Earth. The large galaxy is about 50,000 light-years across, and is home to a bright, compact core brimming with stars. In new picture can be seen the long, coiled arms of a spiral galaxy. According to astroomers the arms of NGC 3521 are somewhat patchy and irregular, which makes it a so-called flocculent spiral galaxy. These galaxies exhibit fluffy spiral arms that differ from the sweeping arms of grand-design spiral arms.