Edge-on Galaxy NGC 4289

Edge-on Galaxy NGC 4289

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News release ID: STScI-2009-06
Release Date: Jan 28, 2009
Image Use: Copyright
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NGC 4289 is a spiral galaxy viewed edge-on to the disk. This means that we can't see the spiral arms – instead, we can see just how thin the disk is, and examine the dust lanes at the midplane of the disk and the stars that extend above and below it. Edge-on galaxies provide a striking and unusual view of the structure of spiral galaxies.

Galaxies, Hubble Telescope, Observations, Spiral Galaxies


Credit: Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), STScI/AURA, and Palomar/Caltech, and UKSTU/AAO