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News Release 461 of 1049

June 8, 2006 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-24

Hubble Sees Galaxy on Edge

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: NGC 5866
Object Description: Lenticular Galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 15h 06m 29s.48
Dec. +55° 45' 47".2
Constellation: Draco
Distance: 44 million light-years (13.5 Megaparsecs)
Dimensions: This image is roughly 2.7 arcminutes (34,000 light-years or 10,000 parsecs) wide. The galaxy has a diameter of roughly 60,000 light-years (18,400 parsecs).
About the Data
Data Description: This image was created from HST data from proposal 10705: K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, Z. Levay, M. Mutchler, W. Januszewski, and T. Royle (Hubble Heritage Team/STScI/AURA).
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): February 11, 2006
Exposure Time: 2.5 hours
Filters: F435W(B), F555W(V), F625W(R)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: June 8, 2006

This image is a composite of many separate exposures made by the ACS instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope using several different filters. Three filters were used to sample broad wavelength ranges. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic image. In this case, the assigned colors are:

F625W (R) red
F555W (V) green
F435W (B) blue

Orientation/Scale: ACS Image of NGC 5866