|NGC 4244 is a nearby spiral galaxy that is estimated to be between 4-8
million light years away. Its nearness is evident in this image in that
many small features of the galaxy are resolved. Note the periodic
"clumping" of stellar regions along the disk.
These are probably regions
that are line-of-sight along the spiral arms of the galaxy.
Judging from the spaces between the clumps, this galaxy probably has widely
spaced arms (Sc).It is difficult
to say whether the "star" in the center of the disk is a foreground star which
happens to be in that direction, or whether this is the nucleus of the galaxy.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
Minimum credit line: Joe Naughton and Steve Stafford/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
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