Monday, November 15, 2010

Hubble captures rare galactic view › News in Science (ABC Science)

Hubble captures rare galactic view › News in Science (ABC Science): "Whether you call it a mail slot, coin slot or a light sabre, the Hubble space telescope has captured a rare image of a galaxy, according to astronomers.
The galaxy, labeled NGC 4452, provides a near perfect side on view of a spiral galaxy.
Associate Professor Peter Tuthill, research astrophysicist at the University of Sydney, says although very thin galaxies are relatively common, photographs like this one are quite rare.
'It's no more than just a freaky chance to see it in this alignment; but that of itself doesn't tell you anything amazing about the physics,' says Tuthill."