NASA Hubble Space Telescope NGC 4571 Spiral Galaxy Coma Berenices Constellation
NASA/ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope used its Wide Field Camera 3 to capture an amazing image of spiral galaxy NGC 4571, which is located approximately 60 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Coma Berenices. This constellation’s name translates to Bernice’s Hair who was actually an Egyptian queen that lived over 2,200 years ago. NGC 4571 is a part of the Virgo cluster, which contains more than a 1,000 galaxies.

NASA Hubble Space Telescope NGC 4571 Spiral Galaxy Coma Berenices Constellation
The Virgo cluster is in turn part of the larger supercluster, which also includes the Local Group containing our own Milky Way galaxy. This image was made possible due to a large program of observations designed to produce a vast amount of combined observations from two high-tech observatories: Hubble and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile.

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Hubble’s razor-sharp observations at ultraviolet wavelengths, meanwhile, allow astronomers to pinpoint the location of hot, luminous, newly formed stars. Together, the ALMA and Hubble observations provide a vital repository of data to astronomers studying star formation, as well as laying the groundwork for future science with the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope,” said NASA.

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