Iconic

Few of the Universe’s residents are as iconic as the spiral galaxy. These limelight-hogging celestial objects combine whirling, pinwheeling arms with scatterings of sparkling stars, glowing bursts of gas, and dark, weaving lanes of cosmic dust, creating truly awesome scenes — especially when viewed through a telescope such as the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. In fact, this image from Hubble frames a perfect spiral specimen: the stunning NGC 2903.

NGC 2903 is located about 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo (The Lion), and was studied as part of a Hubble survey of the central regions of roughly 145 nearby disc galaxies. This study aimed to help astronomers better understand the relationship between the black holes that lurk at the cores of galaxies like these, and the rugby-ball-shaped bulge of stars, gas, and dust at the galaxy’s centre — such as that seen in this image.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Ho et al.

About the Image

Id:potw1917a
Type:Observation
Release date:29 April 2019, 06:00
Size:3945 x 1957 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2903
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:30 million light years
Constellation:Leo
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):9 32 10.11
Position (Dec):21° 30' 5.72"
Field of view:3.29 x 1.63 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 97.7° right of vertical

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
NII
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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NII
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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