Last update: June 25th, 2021 at 4:00 am
Hubble captures the spiral galaxy NGC 691 Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features the spiral galaxy NGC 691, captured in remarkable detail by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Located in the constellation Aries, the galaxy is located at a distance of about 120 million light years from Earth. North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere. It can also be described as the northern subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea, and to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean. Because it is on the North American Tectonic Plate, Greenland is included as part of North America geographically. North America covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,540,000 square miles), about 16.5% of the Earth’s land area and about 4.8% of its total surface. North America is the third-largest continent by area, following Asia and Africa, and the fourth by population after Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Hubble uses a range of filters to view objects such as NGC 691, which was discovered by William Herschel on November 13, 1786.
Image Credit: ESA