Hubble views a beautiful stretched spiral galaxy

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a beautiful spiral galaxy that appears as though stretched.

Published: May 17, 2020 at 9:24 am
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Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy NGC 4100. Credit ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Ho

NGC 4100, 67 million lightyears away in Ursa Major, appears from the Hubble Space Telescope’s line of sight to be stretched across the sky; an elongated spiral punctuated by sparkling blue newborn stars.


This image was captured by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), installed in 2002 and still going strong thanks to a servicing mission in 2009.

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Observatory Hubble Space Telescope

Release date 27 April 2020


Image credit ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Ho


Jane Williamson is a science journalist and writer.


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