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article imageHubble telescope captures stunning image of galaxy side view

By Igor I. Solar     Nov 12, 2010 in Technology
Houston - The picture of a thin galaxy located near the Virgo cluster, a set of approximately 2000 galaxies about 60 million light years away, shows one of the most precise alignments known of the universe. The picture was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
The image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures a spectacular side view of the NGC 4452 galaxy pertaining to the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. The length of NGC 4452 extends for about 35.000 light years (ly) from end to end.
The singularity of the image is that it shows the aspect of the galaxy seen perfectly “edge-on”, providing an idea about how our own galaxy, the Milky Way, may look from afar. Our galaxy is also a disk almost 3 times as large, about 100.000 light years long, and also very thin, only 1000 ly thick. The bulge in the center of disk of NGC 4452 shows a huge, tightly packed concentration of stars, typical of lenticular and spiral galaxies.
Side view of Galaxy NGC 4452 of the Virgo cluster of galaxies  located about 60 million light years ...
Side view of Galaxy NGC 4452 of the Virgo cluster of galaxies, located about 60 million light years away.
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Because the image is so thin, it is difficult for astronomers to determine the type of galaxy that NGC 4452 belongs to (Spiral, elliptical or lenticular). So far, astronomers have anticipated that this may be a lenticular galaxy. However they concede that a top view of NGC 4452 could reveal that this is a spiral-barred galaxy with arms, and have a similar appearance as our own Milky Way and the one shown in the picture below (galaxy NGC 1300). About two thirds of all galaxies in the local universe are of the spiral type.
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This is NGC 1300. A spiral galaxy located about 69 million light year...
Where would you like to go?. This is NGC 1300. A spiral galaxy located about 69 million light years away in the direction of the Constellation Eridanus. Is one of the galaxies having a large central bar. This bar contains a spiral of 3300 light years in diameter (Photographed by Hubble telescope).
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