||NGC 4535 is a fantastic face-on spiral with clearly defined arms. Note how the young bright blue stars define the arms- along with pink knots of emission nebulae in the galaxy. The galaxy was studied as part of the Hubble Space Telescope Extragalactic Distance Scale Key Project. Astronomers studied luminous Cepheid variables in this galaxy and estimate its distance to be 52 +/- 3 million light years away. Also note the handful of background galaxies in the image. Pretty incredible!|
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
Minimum credit line: Doug Matthews and EJ Jones/Adam
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