Cosmic Cinnamon Bun

Esahubble_potw2046a_1024

esahubble_potw2046a November 16th, 2020

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Tully Acknowledgement: Gagandeep Anand

Observed with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the faint galaxy featured in this image is known as UGC 12588. Unlike many spiral galaxies, UGC 12588 displays neither a bar of stars across its centre nor the classic prominent spiral arm pattern. Instead, to a viewer, its circular, white and mostly unstructured centre makes this galaxy more reminiscent of a cinnamon bun than a mega-structure of stars and gas in space. Lying in the constellation of Andromeda in the Northern hemisphere, this galaxy is classified as a spiral galaxy. Unlike the classic image of a spiral galaxy, however, the huge arms of stars and gas in UGC 12588 are very faint, undistinguished, and tightly wound around its centre. The clearest view of the spiral arms comes from the bluer stars sprinkled around the edges of the galaxy that highlight the regions where new star formation is most likely taking place.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw2046a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, None, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
UGC 12588
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
Esahubble_potw2046a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 23h 24m 39.0s
DEC = 41° 20’ 21.9”
Orientation
North is 54.0° CW
Field of View
3.2 x 3.1 arcminutes
Constellation
Andromeda

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Orange Hubble (ACS) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Cyan Hubble (ACS) Optical (V) 606.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Orange
Cyan
Esahubble_potw2046a_1280
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ID
potw2046a
Subject Category
C.5.1.1  
Subject Name
UGC 12588
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Tully Acknowledgement: Gagandeep Anand
Release Date
2020-11-16T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw2046a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Orange, Cyan
Band
Optical, Optical
Bandpass
I, V
Central Wavelength
814, 606
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
351.162560874, 41.3394239447
Reference Dimension
3891.0, 3729.0
Reference Pixel
1945.5, 1864.5
Scale
-1.38761638451e-05, 1.38761638451e-05
Rotation
-53.959999999999937
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
None
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
potw2046a
Metadata Date
2020-10-16T15:21:47+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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