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.x40 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.x41 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)


40 ‘Holiday Wishes from the Hubble Space Telescope’ – The Hubble Heritage Project

41 ‘Milky Way Bar’ – Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA

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By Quinn Hungeski – Posted at G.N.N. &

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