Yay! Anytime I post news it seems to be old and has either been played out or fake. Not today!
Anyway, Hubble snaps our the first ever side-on pic of a spiral galaxy (hence the side-boob). It’s actually quite impressive, check it out: the actual article from NASA has been pasted below if you’re after a little bit more.
A stunning new photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope has captured the cosmic version of a needle in a haystack: an edge-on spiral galaxy much like our own Milky Way.
The new Hubble photo shows one point of the so-called Needle galaxy, a narrow streak of stars located about 40 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Coma Bernices. The galaxy is officially known as NGC 4565 and its spiral shape makes it a tantalizing target for astronomers hoping to compare it to our Milky Way galaxy.
According to a NASA image description, “NGC 4565 is relatively close by, and being seen edge-on makes it a particularly useful object for comparative study. As spiral galaxies go, NGC 4565 is a whopper — about a third as big again as the Milky Way.”