Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA (Acknowledgement: R. Schoofs)

This galaxy, called NGC 4217, is both detailed and extremely beautiful. In a new image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, we see the galay in unprecedented detail. It’s spiral in nature, and from this vantage point, we can make out many key points that would otherwise go unnoticed from farther away, particularly the extraplanar dust lanes (seen in brown), which are woven above and below the galaxy’s plane. According to NASA:

NGC 4217 can be found about 60 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Canes Venatici. Astronomers suspect that it may also be a companion of the neighboring galaxy, Messier 106.

NGC 4217 and M106 (via NASA, Durham University)

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