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Friday, January 7, 2011

Edge-on Galaxy NGC 5866 and dust lane captured by Hubble

Edge-on Galaxy NGC 5866 and dust lane captured by Hubble
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This is a unique NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope view of the disk galaxy NGC 5866 tilted nearly edge-on to our line-of-sight. This image was obtained using the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). Hubble's sharp vision reveals a crisp dust lane dividing the galaxy into two halves. The image highlights the galaxy's structure: a subtle, reddish bulge surrounding a bright nucleus, a blue disk of stars running parallel to the dust lane, and a transparent outer halo. Some faint, wispy trails of dust can be seen meandering away from the disk of the galaxy out into the bulge and inner halo of the galaxy. The outer halo is dotted with numerous gravitationally bound clusters of nearly a million stars each, known as globular clusters. Background galaxies that are millions to billions of light-years farther away than NGC 5866 are also seen through the halo.
The full resolution image weighs 3.5 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

2 comment(s):

Joe Hatoum said...

WOW

flordesiempre said...

The universe is more than beautiful!

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