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A Stretched Spiral
RA 12h 6m 8.15s Dec 49° 35' 1.87"
60 million light-years
5.0 by 1.6 arcmin
3.28 x 1.56 arcminutes
North is 85.2° right of vertical
ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Ho
April 27, 2020
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This sparkling spiral galaxy looks almost stretched across the sky in this new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Known as NGC 4100, the galaxy boasts a neat spiral structure and swirling arms speckled with the bright blue hue of newly formed stars. It was discovered by William Herschel on March 9, 1788.
so many of the stunning images of galaxies we enjoy today, this image
was captured by Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). This remarkable
instrument was installed in 2002, and, with some servicing over the years
by intrepid astronauts, is still going strong. You can access many of
the stunning images captured by the ACS here, featuring objects from out-of-this-world
spiral galaxies to dark, imposing nebulae, bizarre cosmic phenomena, and
sparkling clusters made up of thousands upon thousands of stars.