Galaxy on edge

Spiral galaxies are among the most magnificent objects in space. Grand and sprawling, they are icons of the night sky. Like a snapshot of coins tossed in the air, we see them at all angles, from face-on disks to nearly edge-on lines. And sometimes we catch them so precisely to the side that what we see is hard to believe is real. But then we get pictures like this one from Hubble of the galaxy NGC 4452: [Click to galactinate, and yes, you really want to.] Holy perpendicularity! There are l

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