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Hubble Captures Disk Galaxy From The Side

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This is a picture of the NGC 4452 disk galaxy (which will now be affectionately known as the 'flat-ass' or 'eat a cheeseburger' galaxy) taken by the Hubble Space Telescope from the side. That's why it looks like the way it does. Cause otherwise it would look like a disk. Disk, NOT dick.

Galaxies that appear this thin are rare mostly because our Earth must reside (nearly) in the extrapolated planes of their thin galactic disks. Galaxies that actually are this thin are relatively common -- for example our own Milky Way Galaxy is thought to be about this thin.

Are you absolutely sure that's a disk galaxy? Because if you ask me it looks suspiciously like the Millennium Falcon entering hyperdrive. *AHEM* Is there something you aren't telling us, NASA?! You're underfunded and we'll never live on the moon? FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!

Astronomy Picture of the Day [thedailywh.at]

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