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February 7, 2002 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2002-03

Hubble Reveals "Backwards" Spiral Galaxy

Technical facts about this news release:

About this Object 
Object Name: NGC 4622
Object Description: Face-on Spiral Galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 12h 42m 37.7s
Dec. -40° 44' 35"
Constellation: Centaurus
Distance: About 34 million parsecs (111 million light-years)

The image is roughly 1.6 arcminutes (16 kiloparsecs) across.

About the Data
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Dates: May 25, 2001
Exposure Time: 1.7 hours
Filters: F336W (U), F439W (B), F555W (V), F814W (I)
Principal Astronomers:

R. Buta and G. Byrd (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa), T. Freeman (Bevill State Community College, AL)

About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: February 7, 2002
Orientation/Scale: Spiral Galaxy NGC 4622 Spins