Hubble looks at sideways NGC 4710 (crop)

Still an astrophysical mystery, the evolution of the bulges in spiral galaxies led astronomers to the edge-on galaxy NGC 4710. When staring directly at the centre of the galaxy, one can detect a faint, ethereal "X"-shaped structure. Such a feature, which astronomers call a "boxy" or "peanut-shaped" bulge, is due to the vertical motions of the stars in the galaxy's bar and is only evident when the galaxy is seen edge-on. This curiously shaped puff is often observed in spiral galaxies with small bulges and open arms, but is less common in spirals with arms tightly wrapped around a more prominent bulge, such as NGC 4710.

Credit:

NASA & ESA

About the Image

Id:heic0914a
Type:Observation
Release date:18 November 2009, 12:00
Related releases:heic0914
Size:3381 x 1305 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4710
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Bulge
Distance:60 million light years
Constellation:Coma Berenices

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 49 38.52
Position (Dec):15° 10' 1.01"
Field of view:2.80 x 1.08 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 70.4° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
Pseudogreen (B+I)
Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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