Located over 70 million light years away from our solar system, NGC 2985 is a beautiful spiral galaxy recently captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. It can be found in the Ursa Major, or Great Bear, constellation, and in this galaxy, there are multiple spiral arms full of stars that start out close and tighten before spreading out from the galactic core. You can also observe numerous blue knots at the galactic disk. Read more for a video and additional information.
The outer part of the galaxy sports a massive spiral arm that forms a pseudoring that encircles the galaxy. The inner part, where active star formation has been observed, has been found to be unstable, contrary to the outer stable one. What’s causing this? Astronomers suggest that the presence of molecular clouds accounts for the instability of the region.