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Hubble Gazes at Fluffy-Looking Galaxy

20 Mar 2020, 11:30 UTC
Hubble Gazes at Fluffy-Looking Galaxy ESA/Hubble & NASA, P. Erwin et al.

This image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 4237. Located about 60 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair), NGC 4237 is classified as a flocculent spiral galaxy. This means that its spiral arms are not clearly distinguishable from each other, as in “grand design” spiral galaxies, but are instead patchy and discontinuous. This gives the galaxy a fluffy appearance, somewhat resembling fluffy cotton.

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