ACS Image of NGC 5866

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.

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.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0624a
Type:Observation
Release date:8 June 2006, 15:00
Size:3756 x 3190 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 5866
Type:• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:45 million light years
Constellation:Draco

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435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
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625 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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