Astronomers worked hard to get this galactic glamour shot.
“Looking this good isn’t easy,” wrote NASA on Friday. “30 different exposures, for a total of nine hours of observation time, together with the high resolution and clarity of Hubble, were needed to produce an image of such high level of detail and beauty.”
This is galaxy NGC 5643, located some 60 million light-years from Earth. It’s a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way, meaning it has arms that spiral out from its center. The central region of the galaxy is profoundly radiant because of the dense collection of stars clustered in that area. Read more…
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