Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Spiral Piece of Mystery

This spiral galaxy lies in the constellation Ursa Major, about 46 million light-years from Earth. The orbiting Hubble Space Telescope snapped this photo of the galaxy NGC 2841, one of several chosen for a new study to observe stellar nurseries. Newborn stars are bright blue.

CREDIT: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration; M. Crockett and S. Kaviraj (Oxford University, UK), R. O'Connell (Univ. of Virginia), B. Whitmore (STScI) and the WFC3 Scientific Oversight Committee.

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