A spiral disguised

Esahubble_potw1820a_1024

esahubble_potw1820a May 14th, 2018

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Resembling a wizards staff set aglow, NGC 1032 cleaves the quiet darkness of space in two in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. NGC 1032 is located about a hundred million light years away in the constellation Cetus (The Sea Monster). Although beautiful, this image perhaps does not do justice to the galaxys true aesthetic appeal: NGC 1032 is actually a spectacular spiral galaxy, but from Earth, the galaxys vast disc of gas, dust and stars is seen nearly edge-on. A handful of other galaxies can be seen lurking in the background, scattered around the narrow stripe of NGC 1032. Many are oriented face-on or at tilted angles, showing off their glamorous spiral arms and bright cores. Such orientations provide a wealth of detail about the arms and their nuclei, but fully understanding a galaxys three-dimensional structure also requires an edge-on view. This gives astronomers an overall idea of how stars are distributed throughout the galaxy and allows them to measure the height of the disc and the bright star-studded core.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1820a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

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Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 1032
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
Esahubble_potw1820a_1280
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ID
potw1820a
Subject Category
C.5.1.1  
Subject Name
NGC 1032
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASA
Release Date
2018-05-14T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1820a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
3000.0, 2000.0
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
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
potw1820a
Metadata Date
2018-03-09T10:35:11+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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