The Modest Galaxy

A bright foreground star isn’t enough to distract from the grandeur of the galaxy UGC 3855, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. While this foreground star is incredibly bright to Hubble’s eye, it does not outshine the details of the background galaxy.

Many young blue stars are sprinkled throughout the circular patterns of UGC 3855’s arms, contrasted and complemented by dark lanes of dust also following the spiral structure. A glancing look at UGC 3855 may only leave you with an impression of the galaxy, but spare a moment longer and the intricacies of the galaxy begin to emerge. Located in the constellation of Lynx , UGC 3855 is a cosmic beauty to behold.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Walsh

About the Image

Id:potw2105a
Type:Observation
Release date:1 February 2021, 06:00
Size:2036 x 1917 px

About the Object

Name:UGC 3855
Constellation:Lynx
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):7 28 14.56
Position (Dec):58° 30' 28.63"
Field of view:1.35 x 1.27 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 121.3° right of vertical


Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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