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Anne’s Image of Today: Spiral Galaxy NGC 7090

14 Jul 2014, 12:10 UTC
Anne’s Image of Today: Spiral Galaxy NGC 7090
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July 14, 2014 NGC 7090, a spiral galaxy in Indus Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgement: R. Tugral Text: mostly by ESA/Hubble & NASA NGC 7090 is a spiral galaxy, probably a barred spiral galaxy, located about 27 million light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation of Indus (the Indian), while it is [continue reading]

July 14, 2014
NGC 7090, a spiral galaxy in Indus

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgement: R. Tugral
Text: mostly by ESA/Hubble & NASA
NGC 7090 is a spiral galaxy, probably a barred spiral galaxy, located about 27 million light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation of Indus (the Indian), while it is receding from us at approximately 847 kilometers per second. The English astronomer John Herschel first observed this galaxy on 4 October 1834.
The galaxy is viewed edge-on from the Earth, meaning we cannot easily see the spiral arms, which are full of young, hot stars. However, our side-on view shows the galaxy’s disk and the bulging central core, where typically a large group of cool old stars are packed in a compact, spheroidal region. In addition, there are two interesting features present in the image that are worth mentioning.
First, ...

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