NGC 4622

Astronomers have found a spiral galaxy that may be spinning to the beat of a different cosmic drummer. To the surprise of astronomers, the galaxy, called NGC 4622, appears to be rotating in the opposite direction to what they expected. Pictures from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope helped astronomers determine that the galaxy may be spinning clockwise by showing which side of the galaxy is closer to Earth. This Hubble telescope photo of the oddball galaxy is presented by the Hubble Heritage team. The image shows NGC 4622 and its outer pair of winding arms full of new stars [shown in blue].


Z. Levay (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:7 February 2002, 06:00
Size:605 x 692 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4622
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:200 million light years

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