Last update: October 28th, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Hubble gives us a new look at a distant spiral galaxy. Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features the barred spiral galaxy NGC 4907, which is located 270 million light-years away.
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope recently acquired this new image of the galaxy, highlighting the central bar of stars surrounded by spiral arms. Hubble gives us a new look at a distant spiral galaxy
NGC 4907 is part of the Coma Cluster, a group of over 1,000 galaxies, some of which are visible around NGC 4907 in the photo. This galaxy cluster lies within the constellation of Coma Berenices – named for the locks of Queen Berenice II of Egypt.
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Image Credit: ESA