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News Release 438 of 955

August 5, 2004 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-25

Hubble Images Majestic Cousin of the Milky Way

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: NGC 3949
Object Description: Spiral Galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 11h 53m 11s.37
Dec. +47° 51' 31".6
Constellation: Ursa Major
Distance: Approximately 50 million light-years (15 Megaparsecs)
Dimensions: This image is roughly 2 arcminutes wide (30,000 light-years or 9000 parsecs).
About the Data
Data Description: This image was created from HST data from the following proposal: 9042: S. Smartt (The Queen's University of Belfast). J. Danziger (INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste), G. Gilmore, S. Hodgekin, C. Tout, and N. Trentham (University of Cambridge).
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): October 1, 2001
Exposure Time: 16 minutes
Filters: F450W (B), F606W (V), F814W (I)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: August 5, 2004
Orientation: Spiral Galaxy NGC 3949: A Galaxy Similar to the Milky Way