Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgement: D. Calzetti (University of Massachusetts) and the LEGUS Team

Meet NGC 4605; an unusual dwarf galaxy found more than 16 million light-years from our galaxy (toward he constellation of Ursa Major). 

The galaxy belongs to the same classification type as our galaxy, SBc (for “Spiral Barred Galaxy”). Galaxies that fit the designation tend to have prominent bars spanning across their central region, along with spiral arms that aren’t as defined as other spiral galaxies, but are loosely wound.

NGC 4605 is a member of the Messier 81 group, which contains some 50 galaxies. It also happens to be the closest galaxy cluster found beyond our Local Group.

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