Silver Needle Galaxy, NGC 4244, Caldwell 26
NGC 4244, nicknamed the Silver Needle Galaxy. This galaxy spans some 65,000 light-years and lies around 13.5 million light-years away. It appears as a wafer-thin streak across the sky, with its loosely wound spiral arms hidden from view as we observe the galaxy side on. It is part of a group of galaxies known as the M94 Group. Numerous bright clumps of gas can be seen scattered across its length, along with dark dust lanes surrounding the galaxy's core. NGC 4244 also has a bright star cluster at its center. Although we can make out the galaxy's bright central region and star-spattered arms, we cannot see any more intricate structure due to the galaxy's position; from Earth, we see it stretched out as a flattened streak across the sky. NGC 4244, also Caldwell 26, is an edge-on loose Spiral galaxy and Caldwell object.
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