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Hubble space telescope looks close and far



Galaxy NGC 4907

(Click the image for a full view.) Hubble space telescope image of the Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 4907. Photo credit: ESA / Hubble & NASA, M. Gregg

Known as NGC 4907, the Barred Spiral Galaxy shows its best side from 270 million light years away for anyone who can see it from the northern hemisphere. This is a new picture from the NASA/ ESA Hubble space telescope of the face on the galaxy showing its beautiful spiral arms loosely wrapped around its central bright star bar.

A star shines brightly beneath the galaxy that is actually in our own Milky Way Galaxy. This star appears much brighter than the many million stars in NGC 4907 because it is 100,000 times closer and is only 2500 light years away.

NGC 4907 is also part of the Coma cluster, a group of over 1000 galaxies, some of which can be seen in this image around NGC 4907. This massive cluster of galaxies is located in the Coma Berenices constellation, named after the locks of Queen Berenice II of Egypt: the only constellation named after a historical person.




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