Hubble Images Majestic Cousin of the Milky Way

Our Sun and solar system are embedded in a broad pancake of stars deep within the disk of the Milky Way galaxy. Even from a distance, it is impossible to see our galaxy's large-scale features other than the disk. The next best thing is to look farther out into the universe at galaxies that are similar in shape and structure to our home galaxy. Other spiral galaxies like NGC 3949, pictured in the Hubble image, fit the bill.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0425a
Type:Observation
Release date:5 August 2004, 15:00
Size:1183 x 834 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS F11510+4808, NGC 3949
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:50 million light years
Constellation:Ursa Major
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):11 53 41.69
Position (Dec):47° 51' 33.97"
Field of view:1.96 x 1.38 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 162.7° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
B
450 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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