|This fantastic edge-on spiral galaxy in Pegasus proves to be
an interesting object when displayed in the way shown. First, the plane of
the galaxy is slightly warped and twisted. NGC 7814 is one of a few bright
galaxies that shows this feature in optical wavelengths. Second the number
of background galaxies in this direction is impressive. Besides being pretty,
these far off beacons have been used by astronomers to try to determine
the amount of gas and dust in the halo of NGC 7814. As the light of
background galaxies passes through the foreground halo of NGC 7814 it becomes
dimmer (redder). Finally, be certain to note the very slight deviation from
being truly edge-on. The background dustlanes can be seen "above" and
through the halo giving this galaxy more depth than is usually displayed.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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