Nov 28, 2007

Spiral Galaxy NGC 3370

A nice view of Spiral Galaxy! NGC 3370 (also known as UGC 5887, nicknamed Silverado Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy about 98 million light-years away in the constellation Leo. It is similar in size to our own Milky Way. It was probably discovered by William Herschel between September 7, 1782 and his death in 1822.

NGC 3370 exhibits intricate spiral arm structure that is sprinkled with hot areas where new stars are forming. NGC 3370's center has well defined dust lanes and an unusually ill-defined nucleus. This galaxy contains a combination of young stars in the bluer regions and older stars in the yellowish core. The mass of NGC 3370 is estimated to be about the same as our own Milky Way at around 1011 solar masses. NGC 3370 is sometimes referred to as the Silverado galaxy. Link


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