Hubble looks at sideways NGC 4710 (full)

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esahubble_heic0914b November 18th, 2009

Credit: NASA & ESA

Still an astrophysical mystery, the evolution of the bulges in spiral galaxies led astronomers to the edge-on galaxy NGC 4710. When staring directly at the centre of the galaxy, one can detect a faint, ethereal "X'-shaped structure. Such a feature, which astronomers call a "boxy" or "peanut-shaped" bulge, is due to the vertical motions of the stars in the galaxy's bar and is only evident when the galaxy is seen edge-on. This curiously shaped puff is often observed in spiral galaxies with small bulges and open arms, but is less common in spirals with arms tightly wrapped around a more prominent bulge, such as NGC 4710.

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0914b/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 4710
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
Galaxy > Component > Bulge
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 49m 37.7s
DEC = 15° 10’ 20.1”
Orientation
North is 70.4° CCW
Field of View
3.3 x 1.7 arcminutes
Constellation
Coma Berenices

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (B) -
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (Pseudogreen (B+I)) -
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Infrared (I) -
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ID
heic0914b
Subject Category
C.5.1.1   C.5.4.1  
Subject Name
NGC 4710
Credits
NASA & ESA
Release Date
2009-11-18T12:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0914b/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Infrared
Bandpass
B, Pseudogreen (B+I), I
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
192.406973726, 15.1722388719
Reference Dimension
3936.0, 2025.0
Reference Pixel
1968.0, 1012.5
Scale
-1.38307908829e-05, 1.38307908829e-05
Rotation
70.360000000000014
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic0914b
Metadata Date
2009-11-04T16:41:06+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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There is no distance meta data in this image.