Galaxies & Star Clusters - Barry Wilson
NGC4565 The Needle Galaxy

NGC4565 The Needle Galaxy

NGC 4565 (also known as the Needle Galaxy or Caldwell 38) is an edge-on spiral galaxy about 30 to 50 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices.

The 10th magnitude galaxy sits perpendicular to our own Milky Way galaxy and is almost directly above the North Galactic Pole (in the same way Polaris is located above the Earth's North Pole).

It is known as the Needle Galaxy for its narrow profile. First spotted in 1785 by Sir William Herschel (1738–1822), it is one of the most famous examples of an edge-on spiral galaxy (Wikipedia).

LRGB composition, total integration 6.7hrs, April 2015. William Optics FLT132 at F5.6 - Avalon LInear Fast Reverse - Atik 460EX - Baader LRGB Filters.

NGC4565The Needle Galaxy