Scientists have discovered a cosmic eye of the serpent with the help of an image of the galaxy captured by the Hubble telescope. The observatory captured the spiral arms of galaxy NGC 2835 such that the multiple spiral arms create the illusion of an eye.

The ‘eye’ is situated near the head of the southern constellation of Hydra, which is also called the water snake. Hubble’s scientists said in a statement that although it was not visible in the recent picture, a supermassive black hole (with a mass that is millions of times that of our Sun’s) is at the heart of the galaxy.

Only about half of all the known spiral galaxies have a central bar-like structure. Apart from NGC 2835, our own Milky Way is also a barred spiral galaxy.

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