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Spiral Galaxy NGC 2841
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Name: NGC 2841
Description: Flocculent Spiral Galaxy
Position (J2000): RA 09h 22m 2.64s Dec 50° 58' 35.46"
Constellation: Ursa Major
Distance: About 46 million light-years (14 million parsecs)
Visual Magnitude: 10.1
Angular Dimensions: 8.1 by 3.5 arcmin
Exposure Dates: January 5-7, 2010
Exposure Time: 2 hours
Filters: F336W (U), F547M (y), F657N (H-alpha + [N II]), and F814W (I)
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration; Ack: M. Crockett and S. Kaviraj (Oxford University, UK), R. O'Connell (U of Virginia), B. Whitmore (STScI), and the WFC3 Scientific Oversight Committee
Release Date: February 17, 2011
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals a majestic disk of stars and dust lanes in this view of the spiral galaxy NGC 2841.

A bright cusp of starlight marks the galaxy's center. Spiraling outward are dust lanes that are silhouetted against the population of whitish middle-aged stars. Much younger blue stars trace the spiral arms.

Notably missing are pinkish emission nebulae indicative of new star birth. It is likely that the radiation and supersonic winds from fiery, super-hot, young blue stars cleared out the remaining gas (which glows pink), and hence shut down further star formation in the regions in which they were born. NGC 2841 currently has a relatively low star formation rate compared to other spirals that are ablaze with emission nebulae.

NGC 2841 lies 46 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear). It was discovered by William Herschel on March 9, 1788. This image was taken in 2010 through four different filters on Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3. Wavelengths range from ultraviolet light through visible light to near-infrared light.