New Phantom Galaxy Picture from Hubble Telescope

2007-11-30: Yesterday NASA and the European Space Agency released a nice picture of galaxy M74 composed from data taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2003 & 2005.x[40] The galaxy is in Pisces, about 32 million light years away, and is a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way, but a bit smaller. A French astronomer, Pierre Mechain, found the galaxy in 1780. Being faint (10th magnitude) and hard to see from a backyard telescope, M74 came to be called the “Phantom Galaxy”.

_M74, The Phantom Galaxy – NASA, ESA, and the “Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration_”:

Being inside of it, we can’t take a picture of the whole Milky Way. But we can make a picture of it from our inside views, including those of space telescopes.x[41] Unlike M74, the Milky Way has a distinct central bar of stars.

_The Milky Way – “NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)_”:

“*APOD*”: (Astronomy Picture of the Day)

h3. Sources

fn40. “‘Holiday Wishes from the Hubble Space Telescope’ – The Hubble Heritage Project”:

fn41. “‘Milky Way Bar’ – Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA”:

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18 comments for “New Phantom Galaxy Picture from Hubble Telescope

  1. tom
    May 14, 2009 at 9:00 am


  2. June 18, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Wow these are great pictures, how do i find out which images are subject to copyright.
    Thank You
    Butch Berardesco

  3. June 19, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    The two pictures here are from U.S. government agencies, and are in the public domain.

  4. akshay kumar bahl
    August 5, 2009 at 7:01 am


  5. September 16, 2009 at 12:52 am

    wow these pictures are amazing, its truly hard to believe we are the only living ogranisms in our huge and wonderful galaxy, so much of the universe looks to be full of life even if some of the places seem inhabitable, look down in the far depths of the ocean, where it seem nothing can live, yet life found a way.

  6. October 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    absolutely beautiful!

  7. Jeshurun Israel
    October 12, 2009 at 2:53 am

    The existence of life on earth within our universe Give overwhelming evidence to the existence of our creator Elohim…..Jeshurun

  8. toninho
    April 24, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Parabéns aos cientistas que inventaram esse telescópio tão maravilho quanto suas imagens.
    Brasil, Brasil.

  9. ramesh b n
    August 11, 2010 at 5:16 am

    wonderfull and amazing to see and know about the universe.I am greatful to NASA,HUBBLE and GOOGLE

  10. Jamie Ord
    February 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Wow these pictures are fantastic and yet humbling, it always makes me realise of how small we actually are in comparison to the vast and neverending universe. Seeing these pictures always brings me down to earth (pardon the pun). The troubles we experience in our short existance seem too small to worry about. The marvels that space exploration brings to the human race is not always seen or realised as important by all, but in the future it is essential to our own existance. Maybe in my lifetime i hope some breakthrough in technology is discovered and i could experience these marvels for myself.
    I am shortly moving house and would like to purchase some pictures for my wall, any ideas of affordable web sites to look at? it would be much appreciated. Jamie.
    Wonders of the universe on BBC2 starts 6th Feb 2011, presented by Professor Brian Cox, Tune in as it is very good.

  11. a virgin tomorrow
    August 25, 2011 at 8:54 am

    BAH. Just more pro-Milky Way propaganda. There’s no way our galaxy is that neat.

  12. Ian Maclaren Hope Bohlmeijer
    March 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Breathtaking, and how insignificant we seem to be in our galaxy alone. Remember that this picture shows us just one grain of sand in a desert in all its beauty and might. It would be wrong to assume that we are alone!

  13. Rein Uibopuu
    April 9, 2012 at 5:57 am

    In which metthod picture about Milcy Way was reconstructed?
    Rein from Tallinn, Estonia

  14. May 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Puts things in perspective dosent it when we are even hardly visible in our own galaxy. We went to the moon & it dosent even register.We are only one of billions of galaxies like this in an endless universe & they tell us there is no other life out there. What are they politicians.

  15. Rein Uibopuu
    May 17, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Thank you for your reaction to me.

  16. June 2, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Rein — Scientists made the Milky Way picture “from our inside views, including those of space telescopes.” I don’t know the techniques, but I’m sure they used computers. — Quinn

  17. Paul
    June 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Alone ? I think not. God resides at the center with all of his Angels

  18. Elizabeth
    September 26, 2016 at 10:37 am

    The Bible says something to the effect of
    “..Our God/Lord has many rooms in his house…”
    ‘Rooms’ being universes, perhaps? With the on- going mountains of irrefutable scientific evidence I am amazed that some still balk at the proposition of the existence of similar and/or advanced life elsewhere, and that we have been visited. Remember we thought the earth was flat, that we were the center of the –
    (one)universe/(one)galaxy/(one)solar system? Catch up!!!

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