Hubble’s Double Galaxy Gaze: Leda and NGC 4424

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Some astronomical objects have endearing or quirky nicknames, desirous by mythology or their possess appearance. Take, for example, a constellation of Orion (The Hunter), a Sombrero Galaxy, a Horsehead Nebula, or even a Milky Way. However, a immeasurable infancy of vast objects seem in astronomical catalogs and are given rather reduction elegant names formed on a sequence of their discovery.

Two galaxies are clearly manifest in this Hubble image, a incomparable of that is NGC 4424. This universe is cataloged in a New General Catalog of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars (NGC), that was gathered in 1888. The NGC is one of a largest astronomical catalogs, that is given so many Hubble Pictures of a Week underline NGC objects. In sum there are 7,840 entries in a catalog and they are also generally a larger, brighter, and some-more eye-catching objects in a night sky, and hence a ones some-more simply speckled by early stargazers.

The smaller, flatter, splendid universe sitting only next NGC 4424 is named LEDA 213994. The Lyon-Meudon Extragalactic Database (LEDA) is distant some-more complicated than a NGC and contains millions of objects.

Many NGC objects still go by their initial names simply given they were christened within a NGC first. However, given astronomers can’t conflict a good acronym and “Leda” is some-more appealing than “the LMED,” a smaller universe is called “Leda.” Leda was a princess in Ancient Greek mythology.

Source: NASA

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