One Large Stellar Latte To Go

Far away in the Ursa Major constellation is a swirling galaxy that would not look out of place on a coffee made by a starry-eyed barista. NGC 3895 is a barred spiral galaxy that was first spotted by William Herschel in 1790 and was later observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble's orbit high above the Earth's distorting atmosphere allows astronomers to make the very high resolution observations that are essential to opening new windows on planets, stars and galaxies — such as this beautiful view of NGC 3895. The telescope is positioned approximately 570 km above the ground, where it whirls around Earth at 28 000 kilometres per hour and takes 96 minutes to complete one orbit. 

Credit:

ESA/Hubble, NASA, and R. Barrows

About the Image

Id:potw2021a
Type:Observation
Release date:25 May 2020, 06:00
Size:1025 x 1014 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 3895
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Barred
Constellation:Ursa Major
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):11 49 4.01
Position (Dec):59° 25' 57.40"
Field of view:0.68 x 0.67 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 46.4° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
438 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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