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This remarkable spiral galaxy, known as NGC 4651, may look serene and peaceful as it swirls in the vast, silent emptiness of space, but don’t be fooled — it keeps a violent secret. It is believed that this galaxy consumed another smaller galaxy to become the large and beautiful spiral that we observe today.

Although only a telescope like the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, which captured this image, could give us a picture this clear, NGC 4651 can also be observed with an amateur telescope — so if you have a telescope at home and a star-gazing eye, look out for this glittering carnivorous spiral.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Leonard

About the Image

Id:potw2013a
Type:Observation
Release date:30 March 2020, 06:00
Size:3480 x 1972 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4651
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Constellation:Coma Berenices
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 43 45.05
Position (Dec):16° 23' 47.72"
Field of view:2.90 x 1.64 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 50.6° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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