A Dusty Galaxy

A galactic cloak for an exploding starThis is NGC 4424, a galaxy in the constellation of Virgo. It is not visible with the naked eye but has been captured here by the Hubble Space Telescope. Although it may not be obvious from this more or less edge-on image, NGC 4424 is a spiral galaxy.

To the left of NGC 4424 there are a couple of other bright objects. The brighter is another, smaller galaxy known as LEDA 213994, and the object closer to NGC 4424 is an star in our Milky Way.

Image Credit: ESA