A Stretched Spiral

This sparkling spiral galaxy looks almost stretched across the sky in this new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Known as NGC 4100, the galaxy boasts a neat spiral structure and swirling arms speckled with the bright blue hue of newly formed stars.

Like so many of the stunning images of galaxies we enjoy today, this image was captured by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). This remarkable instrument was installed in 2002, and, with some servicing over the years by intrepid astronauts, is still going strong. You can access many of the stunning images captured by the ACS here, featuring objects from out-of-this-world spiral galaxies to dark, imposing nebulae, bizarre cosmic phenomena, and sparkling clusters made up of thousands upon thousands of stars.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Ho

About the Image

Id:potw2017a
Type:Observation
Release date:27 April 2020, 06:00
Size:3934 x 1870 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4100
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Constellation:Ursa Major
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 6 8.15
Position (Dec):49° 35' 1.87"
Field of view:3.28 x 1.56 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 85.2° right of vertical

Colours & filters

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

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