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November 18, 2009 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-30

Galaxy on Edge

A News Nugget Release

November 18, 2009: The magnificent galaxy NGC 4710 is tilted nearly edge-on to our view from Earth. This perspective allows astronomers to easily distinguish the central bulge of stars from its pancake-flat disk of stars, dust, and gas. What's striking in the image is a ghostly "X" pattern of stars. This natural-color photo was taken with the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys on January 15, 2006.

For more information about galaxy NGC 4710 visit:
http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/html/heic0914.html .


Credit: NASA, ESA, and P. Goudfrooij (STScI)