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NGC 5308 Structure (2014)

At the top is an unfiltered version of the galaxy. Below, three high pass filters set to overlay mode were applied to increase structural contrast. This method produces some artifacts such as dark halos around point sources (see the two bright stars to the right) but I think the structures revealed around the nucleus are mostly real. The banding contours are, of course, an artifact.

Red: HST_10594_04_ACS_WFC_F814W_sci
Green: Pseudo
Blue: HST_10594_04_ACS_WFC_F475W_sci

This galaxy was imaged for Proposal 10594: The Formation of Spiral Spheroids and Their Globular Cluster Systems

North is NOT up. It is 32.1° counter-clockwise from up.

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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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