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Sunday, May 29, 2011

A brilliant portrait of face-on Spiral Galaxy NGC 1309 by Hubble

A brilliant portrait of face-on Spiral Galaxy NGC 1309 by Hubble
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This dramatic spiral galaxy is one of the latest viewed by NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Stunning details of the face-on spiral galaxy, cataloged as NGC 1309, are captured in this colour image. NGC 1309 was home to supernova SN 2002fk, whose light reached Earth in September 2002. NGC 1309 resides 100 million light-years (30 Megaparsecs) from Earth. It is one of about 200 galaxies that make up the Eridanus group of galaxies.
The full resolution image weighs 4.1 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: NASA, ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team, STScI/AURA) and A. Riess (STScI)

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