Eye in the Sky

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope Picture of the Week features NGC4826 — a spiral galaxy located 17 million light-years away in the constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair). This galaxy is often referred to as the “Black Eye”, or “Evil Eye”, galaxy because of the dark band of dust that sweeps across one side of its bright nucleus.

NGC4826 is known by astronomers for its strange internal motion. The gas in the outer regions of this galaxy and the gas in its inner regions are rotating in opposite directions, which might be related to a recent merger. New stars are forming in the region where the counter rotating gases collide. 

This galaxy was first discovered in 1779 by the English astronomer Edward Pigott. 

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST Team
Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

About the Image

Id:potw2108a
Type:Observation
Release date:22 February 2021, 06:00
Size:4032 x 3483 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4826
Constellation:Coma Berenices
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 56 43.55
Position (Dec):21° 41' 0.43"
Field of view:2.66 x 2.30 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 142.9° right of vertical


Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
U
336 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
B
438 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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UV
275 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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