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NGC 4565: Galaxy on Edge

NGC 4565: Galaxy on Edge

Copyright: Michael Sherick

Magnificent spiral galaxy NGC 4565 is viewed edge-on from planet Earth. Also known as the Needle Galaxy for its narrow profile, bright NGC 4565 is a stop on many telescopic tours of the northern sky, in the faint but well-groomed constellation Coma Berenices. This sharp, colorful image reveals the galaxy’s boxy, bulging central core cut by obscuring dust lanes that lace NGC 4565’s thin galactic plane. NGC 4565 itself lies about 40 million light-years distant and spans some 100,000 light-years. Easily spotted with small telescopes, sky enthusiasts consider NGC 4565 to be a prominent celestial masterpiece Messier missed.

Courtesy of NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
1 year ago

“A Galaxy far far away”….this ones for you George Lucas.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
Reply to  Ken & Judy O' Neill
29 days ago

It seems just a year ago we did this comment , it is.!
Long live George Lucas.!

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
29 days ago

If you are not on the edge , you are taking up to much room.!