Hubble Sees Galaxy on Edge

hubble-egde-on-galaxyHubble Sees Galaxy on Edge

NGC 5866 is an edge-on galaxy that is tilted to our line-of-sight. It is classified as an S0 lenticular, due to its flat stellar disk and large ellipsoidal bulge. NGC 5866 lies in the Northern constellation Draco – The Dragon, at a distance of 44 million light-years (13.5 Megaparsecs). It has a diameter of roughly 60,000 light-years (18,400 parsecs). This Hubble image of NGC 5866 is a combination of blue, green and red observations taken with the Hubble Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys in November 2005.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Acknowledgment: W. Keel (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa)

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