NGC 5866: The Spindle Galaxy (Picture of the Day)


The Spindle Galaxy (or NGC 5866) is a lenticular galaxy which lies about 44 million light years in the constellation of Draco. It's approximately 60,000 light years across. One of the unique features of this galaxy is the extended dust disk which is unusual for a lenticular galaxy. The dust disk is generally found near the nucleus in a lenticular galaxy. The mass of the galaxy is very similar to our galaxy while the diameter of the galaxy is smaller than our Milky Way Galaxy.

Image Credit: Hubble Site

2 comments:

  1. Wow, didn't know the term spindle, was an (actual), word. Now I know a little more.

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