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The Hubble Space Telescope looks near and far



Galaxy NGC 4907

(Click image to view full.) Hubble Space Telescope Image of the Forbidden Spiral Galaxy NGC 4907. Credit: ESA / Hubble & NASA, M. Gregg

The forbidden spiral galaxy known as NGC 4907 shows its best side by 270 million light-years away for anyone who can see it from the northern hemisphere. This is a new image from NASA/ QË Hubble Space Telescope of the galaxy facing, displaying its beautiful spiral wings, wound loosely around its bright central strip of stars.

Shining brightly below the galaxy is a star that is actually within ours Milky Way galaxy. This star appears much brighter than many millions of stars in NGC 4907 as it is 100,000 times closer, inhabiting only 2500 light years away.

NGC 4907 is also part of the Coma Group, a group of over 1000 galaxies, some of which can be seen around NGC 4907 in this image. This massive cluster of galaxies lies within the constellation of Coma Berenice, which is named after the hair of Queen Berenice II of Egypt: the only constellation that bears the name of a historical figure.




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