There are many beautiful galaxies in the universe, but it’s hard to tower over a truly lofty spiral, a kind of galaxy that swirls sparkling, curved arms through the darkness of space. This is shown by a new Hubble space telescope portrait of the galaxy NGC 4535.
NGC 4535 has an appealing nickname: The Lost Galaxy. It’s actually not lost in space, but the nickname comes from how it looks with gear that isn’t as fancy as Hubble.
“Despite the incredible quality of this image, captured by NASA / ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope, NGC 4535 looks hazy and somewhat spooky from a smaller telescope,” the European Space Agency said in a statement on Friday.
According to ESA, amateur astronomer Leland S. Copeland looked at the galaxy in the 1950s and given it the quirky nickname Lost Galaxy in honor of its ethereal appearance.
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NASA also shared the picture this week. NASA and ESA jointly operate Hubble. The space telescope image shows an astonishing amount of detail. Young, hot stars hang from the light blue spots. The lighter colors closer to the center highlight older and cooler stars.
The “Lost Galaxy” view is part of the “Physics at High Angular Resolution in the Nearby GalaxieS” (PHANGS) survey, which contains a collection of data on star formation. The galaxy is located 50 million light years from Earth in the constellation Virgo, but Hubble makes it feel like it is near home.
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