We may never leave our Milky Way galaxy and see it from the outside, but the Hubble Space Telescope at least helps us imagine that view.
A newly shared Hubble image that NASA posted on Friday takes a look at NGC 3432. This not-too-distant celestial body (it’s only 42 million light-years away!) is a spiral galaxy much like Earth’s own Milky Way. But because of where we are and how it’s situated, Hubble’s photo amounts to a side view.
On the edge of a galaxy. ✨
Believe it or not, this luminous streak is a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way. Because observatories like @NASAHubble have seen spiral galaxies at every kind of orientation, astronomers can tell when we see one from the side: https://t.co/D47pHMuu0c pic.twitter.com/HcWFvPESoM