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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Majestic dusty Spiral Galaxy NGC 3370 as imaged by Hubble

Majestic dusty Spiral Galaxy NGC 3370 as imaged by Hubble
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Amid a backdrop of far-off galaxies, the majestic dusty spiral, called NGC 3370, looms in the foreground in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. Observations show an intricate spiral arm structure spotted with hot areas of new star formation. But this galaxy is more than just a pretty face. Nearly 10 years earlier NGC 3370, in the constellation Leo, hosted a bright exploding star.
The full resolution image weighs 9.7 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: NASA/ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team and A. Riess (STScI)

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