(via APOD: 2012 March 25 - Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300)
Holy something! NGC 1300 is 100,000 light-years across, and sits 70 million light-years away, but this amazing composite image from Hubble makes it seem much closer. (Seriously, you’ll want to click through to APOD, then click for the full-resolution version, or click here.)
Note that there are some interesting places where you can see through the stars and dust and catch other galaxies beyond. Also, note that while the Milky Way is a barred spiral too, this bar is much larger than ours, and we we have quite a few more spiral arms. (We look, actually, quite a bit like our closest galactic neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy.)
Note that the spiral arm structure re-starts in the very center of the bar in NGC 1300! Also, you may have noticed that there’s not much of a bright bulge here, compared to other spirals you’ve seen pictures of. That’s because it doesn’t have a supermassive central black hole.
Image Credit: Hubble Heritage Team, ESA, NASA