Mounted image 140: Spiral galaxy NGC 1232
This image of the large spiral galaxy NGC 1232 combines three exposures in ultraviolet, blue and red light at ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. The central part of the image shows older, reddish stars, while the spiral arms have more young blue stars. A small companion galaxy is visible on the left. NGC 1232 is located around 70 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Eridanus (the River).