The Hubble Space Telescope’s website has published an excellent image of the formation with the designation NGC 3568.

In the new image, NASA / ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope has photographed NGC 3568, a barred spiral galaxy. It is located 57 million light-years from the Milky Way in the constellation Centaurus. In 2014, light from a supernova explosion in NGC 3568 reached Earth. It was a bright flash of light caused by the explosion that accompanied the death of a massive star.

Although most astronomical discoveries are the work of teams of professional astronomers, this supernova was discovered by amateur astronomers from the BOSS — Backyard Observatory Supernova Search project in New Zealand.

This photograph was taken by Hubble using an advanced Wide Field Camera 3. Galaxy NGC 3568 is one of the objects listed in the original edition of the New General Catalog. The most powerful type II supernova SN 2014dw exploded in it, its peak apparent magnitude was 15.5.