NICMOS finds a golden ring at the heart of a galaxy (WFPC2 image)
In this visible-light view of the galaxy NGC 4013, the star-forming ring (which is visible in a NICMOS image of the same region) cannot be seen because it is embedded in dust. The most prominent feature in this visible-light image - taken by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2(WFPC2) - is the thin, dark band of gas and dust, which is about 500 light-years thick.
NGC 4013, which looks similar to our Milky Way Galaxy, resides in the constellation Ursa Major, 55 million light-years from Earth.
About the Image
|Release date:||5 June 2002, 15:00|
|Size:||1008 x 1008 px|
About the Object
|Name:||IRAS 11559+4413, NGC 4013|
|Type:||• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral|
• Galaxies Images/Videos
|Distance:||60 million light years|
Colours & filters
|450 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|555 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|814 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|