Galaxy's Pencil-Thin Profile

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galex_glx2013-03r_img03 June 28th, 2013

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 4565, one of the nearest and brightest galaxies not included in the famous list by 18th-century comet hunter Charles Messier.

From Earth, we have an edge-on view of this galaxy, located about 30 to 50 million light-years away in the constellation of Coma Berenices.

The galaxy is very nearly perpendicular to our own Milky Way galaxy and is situated near the galactic pole. It is more luminous than the Andromeda galaxy, and if our view had been face-on, it would have been one of the most spectacular galaxies in the sky.

Provider: Galaxy Evolution Explorer

Image Source: http://galex.caltech.edu/media/glx2013-03r_img03.html

Curator: Galaxy Evolution Explorer, Pasadena, CA, USA

Image Use Policy: Public Domain

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Galex_glx2013-03r_img03_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 36m 20.8s
DEC = 25° 59’ 15.7”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
37.5 x 37.5 arcminutes
Constellation
Coma Berenices
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ID
glx2013-03r_img03
Subject Category
Subject Name
Credits
NASA/JPL-Caltech
Release Date
2013-06-28
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://galex.caltech.edu/media/glx2013-03r_img03.html
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
1542.05
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
2000
Reference Value
189.08667, 25.987694
Reference Dimension
1500, 1500
Reference Pixel
750.5, 750.5
Scale
-4.16666666666667e-04, 4.16666666666667e-04
Rotation
0
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
Galaxy Evolution Explorer
URL
http://www.galex.caltech.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
1200 E. California Blvd.
City
Pasadena
State/Province
CA
Postal Code
91125
Country
USA
Rights
Public Domain
Publisher
Galaxy Evolution Explorer
Publisher ID
galex
Resource ID
Resource URL
/image/galex/glx2013-03r_img03
Related Resources
Metadata Date
2013-06-27 14:59:14 -0700
Metadata Version
1.1
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