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|Description||Still an astrophysical mystery, the evolution of the bulges in spiral galaxies led astronomers to the 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 curiously shaped puff is often observed in spiral galaxies with small bulges and open arms, but is less common in spirals with arms tightly wrapped around a more prominent bulge, such as NGC 4710.|
|Date||18 November 2009|
|Author||NASA, ESA, and P. Goudfrooij (STScI)|
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|Orientation of image||1|
|Image resolution in width direction||720000/10000|
|Image resolution in height direction||720000/10000|
|Unit of X and Y resolution||2|
|Color space information||65535|
|Exif image width||3381|
|Exif image length||1305|
|Software used||Adobe Photoshop CS2 Macintosh|
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