|This vista of spiral galaxies illustrates the nature of these thin disks of material. NGC 4298 presents it spiral arms to us, a very tightly wrapped disk with spider web like dust lanes. NGC 4203 gives us its profile and typical obscuring dust lane for an edge-on galaxy. It is estimated that NGC 4302 is about the same diameter of our galaxy at around 97,000 light years (NGC 4298 is half the diameter). If we placed our galaxy at the same distance (60 million light years away) and view it from the same perspective- it might be difficult to tell the difference! Also note the small spiral to the right of these two galaxies. If this galaxy was the same size, it would have to be more than 5 times as distant.|
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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