UGC 03214

Edge-on spiral galaxy UGC 03214

The constellation of Orion is home to the edge-on spiral galaxy UGC 03214, which is receding from us at the rate of 4840 kilometers per second (about one-sixtieth the speed of light). The brilliant central bulge stands in stark contrast to the light-absorbing bands of dust clouds in the disk. When interpreting observations, astronomers often need to account for the obscuring and reddening effects of similar dust clouds in our own galaxy.
(12.3 arcmin x 8.8 arcmin image)
Image credit: SDSS Collaboration
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