Hubble view of galaxy NGC 4710 with X-shaped bulge

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows edge-on galaxy NGC 4710. When staring directly at the centre of the galaxy, one can detect a faint, ethereal "X"-shaped structure. Such a feature, which astronomers call a "boxy" or "peanut-shaped" bulge, is due to the vertical motions of the stars in the galaxy's bar and is only evident when the galaxy is seen edge-on. This curious feature is also seen in the Milky Way.

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Id:eso1339d
Language:en-ie
Type:Observation
Release date:12 September 2013, 12:00
Related releases:eso1339
Size:3381 x 1095 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4710
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy
• X - Galaxies

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