Hubble peers into a galaxy's dusty haze

September 10, 2018, NASA
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgment: Judy Schmidt

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image showcases the galaxy NGC 4036, a lenticular galaxy some 70 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (the Great Bear).

This galaxy is known for its irregular lanes of dust, which form a swirling spiral pattern around the center of the galaxy. This core is surrounded by an extended, hazy aura of gas and dust that stretches farther out into space and causes the warm, fuzzy glow that can be seen here. The center itself is also intriguing; it is something known as a LINER-type (Low-Ionization Nuclear Emission-line Region) , meaning that it displays particular emission lines within its spectrum. The particularly bright star visible slightly to the right of the is not within the galaxy itself; it sits between us and NGC 4036, adding a burst of brightness to the scene.

Due to its relative brightness, this galaxy can be seen using an amateur telescope, making it a favorite amongst backyard astronomers and astrophotography aficionados.

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Benni
2.6 / 5 (5) Sep 10, 2018
A visible dark matter halo if you ask me.
RNP
3.4 / 5 (5) Sep 10, 2018
@Benni
A visible dark matter halo if you ask me.


LOL

Wow! For once I enjoy one of your posts! I hope, of course, that this was a joke???!!!
Benni
1.8 / 5 (5) Sep 10, 2018
@Benni
A visible dark matter halo if you ask me.


LOL

Wow! For once I enjoy one of your posts! I hope, of course, that this was a joke???!!!


just like you, a joke.
RNP
5 / 5 (3) Sep 11, 2018
I have noticed that someone has used multiple sock-puppets to go back in history and downgrade a large number of my previous posts.

YOU POOR, PATHETIC FOOL. How on Earth can you imagine this to be a useful use of your time? Do you think I care? Go even further back if you want. Is your life is so empty that you find degrading other people the most satisfying thing you can find to do?

Whoever you are, I seriously pity you. You really do need some kind of help.

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