NGC 5559

NGC 5559 – Spiral Galaxy

In this image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, you can see NGC 5559. It is a spiral galaxy, located in the constellation of Boötes (The Herdsman,, about 240 million light-years away from Earth.

NGC 5559 is a typical spiral galaxy ( with visible arms and ongoing star formation (

In 2001 NGC 5559 was home to supernova 2001co, a calcium-rich supernova ( Only 15 supernovae have to date been classified as this type, they are less luminous than other types of supernovae and have a quick cycle of gaining brightness and fading away.

NGC 5559 was discovered April 10th, 1785, by the English astronomer William Herschel (

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Image credit: NGC 5559 ESA/Hubble & NASA CC BY 4.0