Edge-On View of NGC 4013

The Hubble telescope has snapped this remarkable view of a perfectly 'edge-on' galaxy, NGC 4013. This new Hubble picture reveals with exquisite detail huge clouds of dust and gas extending along, as well as far above, the galaxy's main disk. NGC 4013 is a spiral galaxy, similar to our Milky Way, lying some 55 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Ursa Major.

Viewed face-on, it would look like a nearly circular pinwheel, but NGC 4013 happens to be seen edge-on from our vantage point. Even at 55 million light-years, the galaxy is larger than Hubble's field of view, and the image shows only a little more than half of the object, albeit with unprecedented detail.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA

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About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0107a
Type:Observation
Release date:1 March 2001, 07:00
Size:1041 x 1018 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 11559+4413, NGC 4013
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:60 million light years
Constellation:Ursa Major

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Coordinates

Position (RA):11 58 35.13
Position (Dec):43° 57' 15.43"
Field of view:1.73 x 1.69 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 167.4° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
450 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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