Astro-Images | Views From The Edge

I enjoy creating color images from three grayscale images. The post linked here will explain how to create color astronomical images. The colors assigned are not necessarily what the human eye would see, but are used to bring out details. Visit the gallery of previous Astro-Images. Unless otherwise noted, all images are made by me using three original grayscales from the Hubble Legacy Archive.


NGC 4565

This is the first of three examples of galaxies viewed edge-on. Each shows the dust in the plane of the galactic disk which absorbs light from the stars behind. Also known as the Needle because of its thin appearance, this Hubble image is quite enlarged to show detail. It is found in the constellation Coma Berenices of the northern skies. Click to embiggen any image.




NGC 4013

Located in the constellation Ursa Major, this galaxy would look very circular and very similar to our Milky Way if viewed from above. Our Milky Way would look this way seen edge-on. The very bright star near the center looks like it is part of the galaxy. Actually, it is not. It is one of the stars of our Milky Way that happens to be in the foreground.




NGC 4217

Nearly 60 million light years away in the constellation Canes Venatici, this spiral galaxy shows some bright knots of star formation regions within the dust lane. Also, bright glow of billions of stars in the galactic core is obvious in the upper left. Several other very small and faint galaxies are visible as tiny smudges or the vertical streak at the right. These galaxies are very much farther away than NGC 4217.



11 thoughts on “Astro-Images | Views From The Edge

    • @ Jim and Jim,

      I have had the thought that it is a strange piece of luck, my living in this era. Of all the periods in which I might have been born, this one is the most interesting. America, freedom, World War II, journalism, the internet, Wikipedia, the space program, astronomy, the relativity theory, atomic energy, the automobile, computer graphics, GPS, . . . It’s almost supernatural, this explosion of information. I want to live to see how it turns out. Makes me want to believe in reincarnation.

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      • I agree. Your list is impressive. Of course, there is also an explosion of negatives. But, I’d rather not go there.

        I think back to my folks. Dad farmed with horses. The phone was on the wall and had a crank. They lived to see moon landings, the internet, cell phones, etc. We can’t imagine parts of our future.


      • My grandfather predated electricity, indoor plumbing and automobiles. He lived to se mankind walk on the moon. That’s enough to blow anyone’s mind. As for me, I’m hoping not to be part of the next mass extinction. More optimistically, I would love to see what’s next. Even if I don’t, it’s been a glorious ride.

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  1. Wonderful post and pictures Jim! Also enjoyed the back and forth between the three Jims. We do live in a wonderful time! With all of the technological advances we have, I still wish everyone had the opportunity to escape light pollution and gaze at the stars against a dark sky. It is such an amazing experience. The pictures of the far away galaxies only add to how truly amazing (and large) the universe is. You can only feel lucky to be part of it. Take care. Bob

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