Galaxy NGC 1512 gets our vote hands down as the most extraordinarily beautiful known galaxy in existence. The center of the magnificent barred spiral galaxy reveals a stunning 2,400 light-year-wide circle of infant star clusters. Astronomers generally believe that the giant bar, which is too faint to be seen in this image, funnels the gas to the inner ring, where massive stars are formed within numerous star clusters. NGC 1512 Located 30 million light-years away, is a neighbor of our Milky Way galaxy.
These images show that the center of NGC 1512 appears dramatically altered when viewed in different wavelength bands. In particular, the ultraviolet images highlight clusters of young, hot stars in a ring 2,400 light-years wide surrounding the core.
Astronomers are searching for cause of this awesome cosmic starburst ring.
When we look at a galaxy such this we shake our heads in awe, wondering how many life-bearing planets might exist there.