One of the most impressive images of the Needle Galaxy: IC 2233

Thin Galaxy, IC 2233, with two bright stars in the upper right

NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has helped in developing this impressive image of the spiral galaxy IC 2233 that is one of the flattest galaxies found. This image has been taken by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, combining visible and infrared exposures, giving about 3.4 by 3.4 arcminutes field of view to this image.

IC 2233 is present in the constellation of Lynx at a distance of about 40 million light years from Earth. This galaxy was found by British astronomer Isaac Roberts in 1894.

This galaxy is different from the typical galaxies that contains a disk containing spiral arms and most of the gas and dust, the halo containing little gas with rough and sparse sphere and the central bulge in the center of the disk formed by a large concentration of old stars surrounding the Galactic Center.

IC 2233 is super-thin galaxy having ten times more diameter than its thickness. Although, these galaxies consist of a simple disk of stars, when seen from the edge that makes them fascinating. They show lower brightness and nearly all of them have no bulges. The bluish colored dots are showing the spiral nature along with hot, luminous and young stars.