|NGC 4939 is a very pretty example of a spiral galaxy. The arms of this
galaxy are unusually thin and long. There are many starforming regions
dotting the spiral arms- but at a distance of 130 million light years away
the majority of them are quite dim. If this galaxy was viewed face-on it would
appear nearly circular- not unlike
NGC 488. NGC
is also considered an active galaxy because its nucleus varies in intensity
on relatively short timescales and it has had two recorded supernovae events
(back in 1968 and 1973).
color production was used to create this image.
Luminance = 90 minutes
Minimum credit line: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
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