Astronomy Photo of the Day: 8/28/15 — NGC 4535

NGC 4535
NGC 4535 (Image Credit: ESO)

NGC 4535—otherwise known as PGC 41806 or UGC 7729—is an odd galaxy located roughly 50 million light-years from Earth toward the constellation of Virgo.

A spiral galaxy by classification, our field of view with NGC 4535 is dotted with the faint light of extremely distant background galaxies, yet it appears face-on from our vantage point. From here, we can see its well-defined central bar and its oddly-shaped spiral arms, which contain clusters of high-mass blue-white stars. Farther inward, cooler, and more evolved stars reside, congregating within the central bulge and taking on a faint yellow coloring.

From the ESO:

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