Sharp telescopic views of magnificent edge-on spiral
3628 show a puffy
galactic disk divided by dark dust lanes.
Of course, this
deep galactic portrait
puts some astronomers
in mind of its popular moniker,
The Hamburger Galaxy.
The tantalizing island universe is about 100,000 light-years across
and 35 million light-years away in
the northern springtime constellation Leo.
NGC 3628 shares its neighborhood in the
Universe with two other large spirals
M66 in a grouping
otherwise known as the Leo Triplet.
its cosmic neighbors are
likely responsible for the extended flare and warp
of this spiral's disk.