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Edge-on Spiral Galaxy

NGC 4013


An edge-on spiral galaxy


Found in the northern constellation Ursa Major

Distance from Earth

About 17 megaparsecs (55 million light-years)


The entire galaxy is 26 kiloparsecs (85,000 light-years) in length.

An edge-on view of spiral galaxy NGC 4013.

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"Fast Facts: Edge-on Spiral Galaxy" is a table that lists the name, description, location, size, and distance of the galaxy from Earth. A picture of the galaxy is included.

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How to use in the classroom

Use this resource as:

A source of information. Read the table to find out about this object.

A mapping activity. Locate the galaxy's associated constellation on a star map.

A large-number recognition activity. Have students study this table and other galaxy Fast Fact tables.  Students can order objects based upon their distances from Earth.

An inquiry tool. Have students write down questions they would like answered about the image and the information in the Fast Facts table.

An engagement tool. Involve students in a discussion.

Related materials

HubbleSite press release: "NGC 4013: A Galaxy on the Edge"

Amazing Space resources by topic: Galaxies