At a distance of 30-40 million light years IC 239 is not terribly
distant. However, its low (surface) brightness may indicate that
this galaxy isn't as massive as many others of the same type
example). The bright foreground stars of our own galaxy make detecting the
delicate structure of this face-on spiral a difficult venture. There are
hints of bluish spiral arms with a myriad of pink nebulae (star forming
regions). If we lived in this galaxy, our sun would orbit the galactic
center at a speed of 280km/s. This is a bit faster than our speed in the
Milky Way at around 220km/s.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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