Image credit & copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
Here’s a beautiful edge-on view of a spiral galaxy cataloged at NGC 5866. Located 45 million light years away in the constellation Draco, this galaxy presents us with a wonderful opportunity to view a galaxy from not just the side, but almost perfectly edge-on. That means we can study the width and density of the band of star forming material that runs the length of the galaxy in detail. Also, imagine for a moment that instead of seeing this galaxy from 45 million light years distant, we were in that galaxy only about 25,000 light years from its core. Well, we’d be seeing this galaxy as we do our home star city, the Milky Way.
Name: New General Catalog 5866, NGC 5866.
What is it?: Edge-on spiral galaxy.
How far away is it?: Roughly 45 million light years.
How big is it?: Roughly 60,000 light years in diameter.
Apparent magnitude: 10.7 or +10.7.
Where is it (General)?: Constellation Draco “The Dragon.”
Where is it (Exact RA/Dec J2000)?: RA 15h 06m 29.5s / Dec +55° 45′ 48″.
ESA Space Telescope page for this image: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0624a/