Spiral Galaxy NGC 55



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Description This image of the nearby edge-on en:Spiral Galaxy NGC 55 was taken by en:Galaxy Evolution Explorer on en:September 14, en:2003 during 2 orbits. This galaxy lies 5.4 million en:light years from the en:Milky Way galaxy and is a member of the "local group" of galaxies that also includes the en:Andromeda galaxy (M31), the en:Magellanic clouds, and 40 other galaxies. The spiral disk of NGC 55 is inclined to our line of sight by approximately 80 degrees and so this galaxy looks cigar shaped. This picture is a combination of Galaxy Evolution Explorer images taken with the far ultraviolet (colored blue) and near ultraviolet detectors, (colored red). The bright blue regions in this image are areas of active star formation detected in the ultraviolet by Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The red stars in this image are foreground stars in our own Milky Way galaxy.

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Taken on September 11, 2004 from [1]: JPL Galaxies Gallery

Spiral Galaxy NGC 55
Date 2004-09-11 (original upload date)
Source Originally from en.wikipedia; description page is/was here.
Author Original uploader was Joseph Dwayne at en.wikipedia
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