- Art by Judy Schmidt

UGC 3587 (2014)

So far this is my favorite of the six low-surface-brightness galaxies picked out for Proposal 10550. One important feature about them that’s really apparent in this one is the way the nucleus appears very soft. Often when I process galaxies I have to be very careful not to blow out details in the center of the galaxy because it’s very easy for it to saturate to solid white. Definitely not a problem, here! There is a tiny, tiny bright dot I presume to be in the very center you might see if you look closely enough.

The chip gap crosses this galaxy just left of the core instead of running parallel to it like the others. Looking carefully enough and close enough you can see where I had no data and had to “paint” the gap. Note I do not ever touch the real data with such manipulation. I just do my best to work within the gap itself.

Red: HST_10550_03_ACS_WFC_F775W_sci
Green: Pseudo
Blue: HST_10550_03_ACS_WFC_F475W_sci

North is NOT up. It is 6.6° clockwise from up.

Copyright information:
Hubble data is public domain, but I put a lot of work into combining it into beautiful color images. The minimal credit line should read: NASA / ESA / J. Schmidt

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