Detail View: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Collection: NGC 4565: Needle Galaxy

NGC 4565: Needle Galaxy
Presenting a sleek needle-like profile [ nph-imgdata?objid=31109&objname=NGC%204565 ] the magnificent spiral galaxy NGC 4565 [ ] is viewed edge-on from planet Earth [ ]. Its core of stars bulges from the centre of a thin disk of spiral arms and dust [ ]. The core appears to be cut sharply by dust lanes to dramatic effect in this composite image [ ]. NGC 4565's obscuring dust lanes and pronounced core are typical of large majestic spiral galaxies, including our own Milky Way [ ]. To make this picture [ ], astronomer Bill McLaughlin digitally combined a high quality black and white image with colour information from three separate exposures through red, green, and blue filters. This island universe [ ] is about 50 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices [ ].
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William McLaughlin [ ] (ARGO Cooperative Observatory [ ])
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Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Coma Berenices
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