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Spiral Galaxies NGC 4302 and NGC 4298

Photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope image on the front of this lithograph shows two galaxies. The edge-on galaxy on the left is called NGC 4302, and the slanted galaxy on the right is NGC 4298. Both galaxies are spiral galaxies that appear different because they are tilted at contrasting angles as viewed from Earth.

Facts of interest about the image

Despite appearances, these galaxies are similar in terms of structure, contents, and distance from Earth. A telltale, pinwheel-like structure is visible in NGC 4298. In contrast, the edge-on portrait of NGC 4302 hides the view of any pinwheel-shaped structure within its disk. Instead, it highlights the thin extent of the disk.

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