Galaxy NGC 4314 (Hubble WFPC2 Mosaic)

The two spiral arms outside the ring are probably unrelated to the dust lanes, and seem to contain very little dust or gas. The stars in these spiral arms are bluer than most of the galaxy, indicating that many of them are relatively young, less than 200 million years old. However, they are older than those in the ring. This information suggests that the neighborhood of star formation is moving closer to the galaxy's core. Another interpretation has the arms formed through the gravitational interaction of the embedded bar and ring of stars, causing them to spray outward.


G. Fritz Benedict, Andrew Howell, Inger Jorgensen, David Chapell (University of Texas), Jeffery Kenney (Yale University), and Beverly J. Smith (CASA, University of Colorado), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:11 June 1998, 06:00
Size:800 x 789 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 12200+3010, NGC 4314
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Barred
Distance:33 million light years
Constellation:Coma Berenices

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Position (RA):12 22 33.53
Position (Dec):29° 53' 30.43"
Field of view:2.49 x 2.46 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 5.7° left of vertical

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1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope

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