Hubble fingerprints a galaxy

Posted on February 24, 2020 10:20 am
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The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is no stranger to spiral galaxies.

The telescope has brought us some of the most beautiful images ever taken of our spiral neighbors—and the galaxy known as NGC 4689 is no exception.

However, seen almost face on, NGC 4689 appears less like a majestic spiral and more like a smudged fingerprint on the sky. No matter how good the image quality, there is little contrast between the spiraling arms of stars, gas and dust, and the less dense areas in between.

This is because NGC 4689 is something known as an “anemic galaxy,”