Seeing Near and Far

The barred spiral galaxy known as NGC 4907 shows its best side from 270 million light-years away to anyone who can see it from the northern hemisphere.This is a new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the face-on the galaxy, displaying its beautiful spiral arms, wound loosely around its central bright bar of stars.

Shining brightly below the galaxy is a star that is actually within our own Milky Way galaxy. This star appears much brighter than the many millions of stars in NGC 4907 as it is 100 000 times closer, residing only 2500 light-years away.

NGC 4907 is also part of the Coma Cluster, a group of over 1000 galaxies, some of which can be seen around NGC 4907  in this image. This massive cluster of galaxies lies within the constellation of Coma Berenices, which is named for the locks of Queen Berenice II of Egypt: the only constellation named after a historical person.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Gregg

About the Image

Id:potw2031a
Type:Observation
Release date:3 August 2020, 06:00
Size:3978 x 4094 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4907
Type:Milky Way : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:270 million light years
Constellation:Coma Berenices
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 0 48.42
Position (Dec):28° 8' 49.40"
Field of view:2.63 x 2.70 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 19.0° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
Long Pass
350 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
Long Pass
600 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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