Hubble Makes a Discovery of Ghostly Arms

Galaxy NGC 4848

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Hubble Space Telescope picture of the sensational silvery-blue spiral arms of the galaxy NGC 4848. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Gregg

A significant function of a lot of spiral nebula is the plethora of arching spiral arms that apparently draw out from the galaxy’s center. In this image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the sensational silvery-blue spiral arms of the galaxy NGC 4848 are observed in tremendous information. Not just do we see the inner area of the spiral arms consisting of numerous countless young, intense, blue stars, however Hubble has actually likewise recorded the exceptionally faint wispy tails of the external spiral arms.

This wispy disallowed spiral nebula was very first found in 1865 by the German astronomer Heinrich Louis d’Arrest. In his profession, Heinrich likewise significantly found the asteroid 76 Freia and numerous other galaxies and he likewise added to the discovery of Neptune.

If you are located in the Northern Hemisphere with a big telescope, you may simply have the ability to observe the ghost-like look of this faint galaxy within faint constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair).


Spiral galaxies form a class of galaxy initially explained by Edwin Hubble in his 1936 work The Realm of the Nebulae[1] and, as such, type part of the Hubble series. Most spiral nebula include a flat, turning disk consisting of stars, gas and dust, and a main concentration of stars referred to as the bulge. These are frequently surrounded by a much fainter halo of stars, a lot of which live in globular clusters.

A disallowed spiral nebula is a spiral nebula with a main bar-shaped structure made up of stars.[1] Bars are discovered in about half of all spiral nebula.[2][3] Bars normally impact both the movements of stars and interstellar gas within spiral nebula and can impact spiral arms too.[2] The Milky Way Galaxy, where our own Solar System lies, is categorized as a disallowed spiral nebula.

Heinrich Louis d’Arrest (August 13, 1822 – June 14, 1875; German pronunciation: [daˈʁɛ] [1]) was a German astronomer, born in Berlin. His name is in some cases provided as Heinrich Ludwig d’Arrest.

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