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Spiral Galaxy NGC 3982

Spiral Galaxy NGC 3982


A face-on spiral galaxy


Found in the northern constellation Ursa Major

Distance from Earth

About 68 million light-years from Earth


The disk of NGC 3982 is about 30,000 light-years across.

The bright pink regions seen in the image are glowing nebulae where stars have recently formed.

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"Fast Facts: Spiral Galaxy NGC 3982" 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.

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HubbleSite press release: "Pinwheel of Star Birth"

Amazing Space resources by topic: Galaxies