|NGC 4527 is a spiral galaxy that is similar in shape to our nearest large neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy. However NGC 4527 is no closer than 20 times the distance to the Andromeda galaxy ( which is only 2 million light years away). The distance to this galaxy cannot be easily computed based on the expansion of the Universe since the galaxy itself has a high velocity within the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. A supernova occured in this galaxy in 1991. This could have helped nail down its distance by acting as a "standard candle." However, the light (curve) emitted by this particular stellar explosion was atypical and the distance to NGC 4527 still remains a bit uncertain.|
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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