A new image taken with ESO's Very Large Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 1187. This impressive spiral lies about 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Eridanus (The River). NGC 1187 has hosted two supernova explosions during the last thirty years, the latest one in 2007. This picture of the galaxy is the most detailed ever taken.
The symmetry of the cosmos is based on the repetition of patterns found throughout nature, from sea shells to spiral galaxies. For example, snail shells, sea shells, vortices, the cochlear nucleus of the inner ear, etc., show similar repeating patterns around an eye. The patterns intrinsic to the shell of a snail are replicated repeatedly in nature and typify the structure of a cyclone and the Milky Way galaxy and every spiral galaxy so far observed.