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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dramatically backlit dust lanes in NGC 7049 captured by Hubble

Dramatically backlit dust lanes in NGC 7049 captured by Hubble
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The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of NGC 7049 in the constellation of Indus, in the southern sky. A family of globular clusters appears as glittering spots dusted around the galaxy halo. Astronomers study the globular clusters in NGC 7049 to learn more about its formation and evolution. The dust lanes, which appear as a lacy web, are dramatically backlit by the millions of stars in the halo of NGC 7049.
Credit: NASA, ESA and W. Harris (McMaster University, Ontario, Canada)

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