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Hubble Takes a Spiral Snapshot

9 Apr 2021, 13:00 UTC
Hubble Takes a Spiral Snapshot ESA/Hubble & NASA, ESO, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST Team

The luminous heart of the galaxy M61 dominates this image, framed by its winding spiral arms threaded with dark tendrils of dust. As well as the usual bright bands of stars, the spiral arms of M61 are studded with ruby-red patches of light. Tell-tale signs of recent star formation, these glowing regions lead to M61’s classification as a starburst galaxy.

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