The Hubble space telescope has captured an image of a barred spiral galaxy that could help us better understand our own Milky Way. The occurrence of this structure may be an indication of a galaxy's age. In the higher left of the image is a cluster showing recent star formation that is just visible to Hubble's cameras.
Most of the known spiral galaxies fall into this debarred category which are defined by the marked bar structure across their centres. The new picture also continues the Hubble space telescope's long heritage of striking exorbitant images.