A distant spiral galaxy NGC 5037 in Virgo constellation

This picture shows the spiral galaxy NGC 5037, which is found in the constellation Virgo and was first recorded by William Herschel in 1785.

It is located about one and a half million light-years from Earth, and its fine structure can still be seen in the extraordinary details of the gas and dust in the galaxy. This was made possible by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), which was used to collect combined exposures to create this image.

The WFC3 is a very versatile camera, as it can collect ultraviolet, visible and infrared light, which allows it to provide a large amount of information about the observed objects.

The WFAC3 Hubble was installed by astronauts in 2009 during Servicing Mission 4 (SM4). The SM4 was Hubble’s fifth and final servicing mission. Servicing Mission 4 was intended to extend Hubble for another five years. 12 years later, Hubble and WFAC3 are both in active use and scientifically productive.

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