NGC 3810

Alt. Designations: NGC 3810
Object Type: spiral galaxy
Constellation: Leo
Distance: 50 mly
Right Ascension: 11h 40m 58.6s
Declination: +11° 28´ 13"
Visual Magnitude: 10.6
Apparent Dimension: 4.3´ X 3.0´
Best Month To View: Feb

The bright galaxy NGC 3810 demonstrates classical spiral structure in this very detailed image from Hubble. The bright central region is thought to be forming many new stars and is outshining the outer areas of the galaxy by some margin. Further out the galaxy displays strikingly rich dust clouds along its spiral arms. A close look shows that Hubble’s sharp vision also allows many individual stars to be seen. Hot young blue stars show up in giant clusters far from the centre and the arms are also littered with bright red giant stars. NGC 3810 is located about 50 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Leo. It was discovered by William Herschel in 1784 and is easily seen as a faint smudge in small telescopes.