Hubble/NASA’s new image of spiral galaxy NGC 4911

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A long-exposure Hubble Space Telescope image shows a majestic face-on spiral galaxy located deep within the Coma Cluster of galaxies, which lies 320 million light-years away in the northern constellation Coma Berenices. The galaxy, known as NGC 4911, contains rich lanes of dust and gas near its center. These are silhouetted against glowing newborn star clusters and iridescent pink clouds of hydrogen, the existence of which indicates ongoing star formation. Hubble has also captured the outer spiral arms of NGC 4911, along with thousands of other galaxies of varying sizes. The high resolution of Hubble’s cameras, paired with considerably long exposures, made it possible to observe these faint details.

This natural-color Hubble image, which combines data obtained in 2006, 2007, and 2009 from the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 and the Advanced Camera for Surveys, required 28 hours of exposure time.


5 thoughts on “Hubble/NASA’s new image of spiral galaxy NGC 4911

  1. honorarynewfie says:

    Let’s just put that in perspective for a moment.
    The light from that galaxy, which produced such a beautiful picture for us to behold, has been travelling across space for three hundred and twenty million years.
    Roughly speaking that’s one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight million, million, million miles.
    1,878,308,352,000,000,000,000 miles !
    Or, well in excess of twenty million, million times the distance from the earth to the sun.
    I hope I look that good 320 million years from now.

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