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This is a very sharp high resolution image, taken with the new set of ACS cameras. Most of the objects in the background are distant galaxies. This lovely image can be printed tack sharp to any size. Be sure to click on the image to see the incredible galactic detail!
October 29 2011 -
STScI-PRC2003-24 - Is this what our own Milky Way
Galaxy looks like from far away?
Similar in size and grand design to our home Galaxy
(although without the central bar), spiral galaxy NGC 3370
lies about 100 million light-years
away toward the constellation of the Lion (Leo).
in exquisite detail by the Hubble
Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for
Surveys, the big, beautiful
face-on spiral is not only photogenic, but has proven sharp
enough to study individual stars known as Cepheids.
stars have been used to
accurately determine NGC 3370's distance.
3370 was chosen for this study
because in 1994 the spiral
galaxy was also home to a well
studied stellar explosion -- a Type
Ia supernova. Combining the
known distance to this standard
candle supernova, based on the
Cepheid measurements, with observations of supernovas
at even greater distances, has helped to reveal the size and expansion
rate of the entire Universe
October 29 2011