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Hubble Captures Galaxy on Edge

26 Jun 2020, 12:13 UTC
Hubble Captures Galaxy on Edge ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. de JongAcknowledgement: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla)

The galaxy known as NGC 5907 stretches wide across this image. Appearing as an elongated line of stars and dark dust, the galaxy is categorized as a spiral galaxy just like our own Milky Way. In this new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, we don’t see the beautiful spiral arms because we are viewing it edge-on, like looking at the rim of a plate. It is for this reason that NGC 5907 is also known as the Knife Edge galaxy.

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