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Monday, March 7, 2011

Beautiful IC 342: a Star Formation and Astrochemistry Laboratory

Beautiful IC 342: a Star Formation and Astrochemistry Laboratory
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The spiral galaxy IC 342 is located roughly 11 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Camelopardalis, "the Giraffe". Its face-on appearance in the sky - as opposed to our tilted and edge-on views of many other nearby galaxies, such as the large spiral galaxy Andromeda (M31) - makes IC 342 a prime target for studies of star formation and astrochemistry. The image, obtained in late 2006, was taken using the 64-megapixel Mosaic-1 digital imager on the Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona.
Credit: T.A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF
Post-processing: Jean-Baptiste Faure

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