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NGC 4394 (2014)

Nice dataset other than the slight cut off on the right. Very obvious bar on this one. There is a spiral of dust that comes in from the top and goes all the way to the center clockwise but it’s hard to see unless you zoom in closely. The arms are wound tightly enough that they’ve run into one another. Almost makes it look like a one armed galaxy.

This galaxy was imaged as part of a study (Proposal 10515) on its neighbor, M85, which is a very nice elliptical shell galaxy. This is slightly weird, because that study had to do with the star clusters in M85. I wouldn’t guess that you’d want to include NGC 4394 in any of them. Nonetheless, I am grateful it happened.

The chip gap was filled with older WFPC2 data in the center. Near the edges where that didn’t reach, it was interpolated.

Red: HST_10515_17_ACS_WFC_F814W_sci
Green: Pseudo
Blue: HST_10515_17_ACS_WFC_F475W_sci

Chip gap filled with:
Red: hst_09042_f2_wfpc2_f814w_wf_sci
Blue: hst_09042_f2_wfpc2_f450w_wf_sci

North is 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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