Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
60 million light years away in the constellation Virgo is this beautiful example of an edge-on spiral galaxy. NGC 4452 as its cataloged is roughly 35,000 light years in diameter which isn’t even half the size of our home star city, the Milky Way, and can be a pretty tough spot at an apparent magnitude of only 12.4.
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Name: NGC 4452
What is it?: Edge-on spiral galaxy
How far away is it?: 60 million light years
How big is it?: Roughly 35,000 light years in diameter
Apparent magnitude: 12.4
Where is it (general)?: Constellation Virgo
Where is it (exact RA/Dec J2000)?: RA 12h 28.7m 00s / Dec +11° 45′ 00″
ESA Hubble Space Telescope page for this image: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1029a/