Needle Galaxy

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Presenting a sleek needle-like profile the magnificent spiral galaxy NGC 4565, also known as the Needle Galaxy, is viewed edge-on from the Milky Way. Its core of stars bulges from the centre of a thin disk of spiral arms and dust. The core appears to be cut sharply by dust lanes to dramatic effect. NGC 4565's obscuring dust lanes and pronounced core are typical of large majestic spiral galaxies, including our own Milky Way. This island universe is about 50 million light-years away.

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