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Anne’s Image of the Day: Spiral Galaxy NGC 5033

12 Mar 2014, 12:21 UTC
Anne’s Image of the Day: Spiral Galaxy NGC 5033
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March 12, 2014 NGC 5033, a spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici Image Credit & Copyright: R. Jay GaBany, Cosmotography NGC 5033 is an unbarred spiral galaxy of more than 100,000 light-years across (about the same size as our own Milky Way), located some 43 million light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of [continue reading]

March 12, 2014
NGC 5033, a spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici

Image Credit & Copyright: R. Jay GaBany, Cosmotography
NGC 5033 is an unbarred spiral galaxy of more than 100,000 light-years across (about the same size as our own Milky Way), located some 43 million light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs). It is receding from us at approximately 875 kilometers per second.
The galaxy has a very bright nucleus and very pronounced but relatively faint spiral arms, in which we can see many massive, bright blue star clusters and pinkish star-forming regions. The image also reveals striking details of dust lanes winding near the galaxy’s bright core and spiral arms. Another striking feature is the significant warping in the southern half of the disk of this galaxy, what is probably the result of an ancient interaction ...

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