The galaxy NGC 5033 is somewhere between 40-60 million light years away. From initial observations, it looks pretty bland when compared to the amazing galaxies of M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy or M63 – The Sunflower Galaxy. When we take a closer look, a few things become visible.
First, in the core of NGC 5033 is a very visible emission band (dark patch). This is most likely caused by extremely hot gas around the galaxy’s supermassive black hole.(more…)