ACS Image of NGC 5866
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.
About the Image
|Release date:||8 June 2006, 15:00|
|Size:||3756 x 3190 px|
About the Object
|Position (RA):||15 6 30.27|
|Position (Dec):||55° 45' 38.02"|
|Field of view:||2.66 x 3.13 arcminutes|
|Orientation:||North is 0.0° left of vertical|
Colours & filters
|435 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|555 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|625 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|