A Galactic Portal

The galaxy NGC 4380 looks like a special effect straight out of a science fiction or fantasy film in this Hubble Picture of the Week, swirling  like a gaping portal to another dimension. 

In the grand scheme of things, though, the galaxy is actually quite ordinary. Spiral galaxies like NGC 4380 are one of the most common types of galaxy in the Universe. These colossal collections of stars, often numbering in the hundreds of billions, are shaped like a flat disc, sometimes with a rounded bulge in the centre. Graceful spiral arms outlined by dark lanes of dust wind around the bulging core, which glows brightly and has the highest concentration of stars in the galaxy.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, P. Erwin

About the Image

Id:potw1941a
Type:Observation
Release date:14 October 2019, 06:00
Size:1023 x 966 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4380
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN
Constellation:Virgo
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 25 22.17
Position (Dec):10° 1' 0.63"
Field of view:0.68 x 0.64 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 103.7° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
g
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
g
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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