Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- NGC 4565: Galaxy on Edge
Posted on 07/05/2012 1:19:32 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Magnificent spiral galaxy NGC 4565 is viewed edge-on from planet Earth. Also known as the Needle Galaxy for its narrow profile, bright NGC 4565 is a stop on many telescopic tours of the northern sky, in the faint but well-groomed constellation Coma Berenices. This sharp, colorful image reveals the galaxy's bulging central core cut by obscuring dust lanes that lace NGC 4565's thin galactic plane. An assortment of other background galaxies is included in the pretty field of view, with neighboring galaxy NGC 4562 at the upper left. NGC 4565 itself lies about 40 million light-years distant and spans some 100,000 light-years. Easily spotted with small telescopes, sky enthusiasts consider NGC 4565 to be a prominent celestial masterpiece Messier missed.
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I’ve been a little on edge myself lately! :-)
Include one of these
And I'ss see you in the morning!
One that should have been picked up by Messier, but, not.
This is a lens filler.
Folks with light-bucket telescopes have quite a time in this region of the sky.
Thanks Conan the Librarian.
Heh, heh... you said, "bulging central core."
This thread is deterioratin’ fast!
Messier wasn’t perfect? Who knew?
I’m still blown away that I can see something that is 100,000 light years in diameter on my computer screen. Mind is boggled.
He was messier than most.