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Anne’s Image of Today: Spiral Galaxy NGC 2775

30 Jun 2014, 13:19 UTC
Anne’s Image of Today: Spiral Galaxy NGC 2775
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June 30, 2014 NGC 2775, a spiral galaxy in Cancer Image Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler NGC 2775 (also known as Caldwell 48) is a spiral galaxy of about 75 thousand light-years across, located some 55,5 million light-years away from the Earth in the constellation of Cancer (the Crab), while it is receding from us [continue reading]

June 30, 2014
NGC 2775, a spiral galaxy in Cancer

Image Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler
NGC 2775 (also known as Caldwell 48) is a spiral galaxy of about 75 thousand light-years across, located some 55,5 million light-years away from the Earth in the constellation of Cancer (the Crab), while it is receding from us at approximately 1,350 kilometers per second.
Discovered by the German-British astronomer William Herschel in 1783, it is the most prominent member in the NGC 2775 Group, a small galaxy group which is part of the Virgo Supercluster, along with our own Local Group.
This galaxy has large, perfectly smooth central bulge. The spiral pattern starts very abruptly outside of this region in an extremely complex multi-armed spiral structure laced with obscuring dark dust lanes. Several HII regions can be detected on the tightly wound spiral arms, implying recent ...

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