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Spiral Galaxy NGC 1350

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#80729 by @ 07.10.2005 00:00 - nach oben -
Spiral Galaxy NGC 1350


Explanation:

This gorgeous island
universe lies about 85 million light-years
distant in the southern
constellation
Fornax
.

Inhabited by young blue
star clusters, the spiral arms of
NGC 1350 seem to join in a circle around the galaxy's large,
bright nucleus - giving the galaxy the appearance of a
limpid cosmic eye.

NGC 1350 is about 130,000 light-years across making it as large
or slightly larger than our own Milky Way.

For earth-based
astronomers
, NGC 1350 is seen on the
outskirts of the
Fornax cluster
of galaxies, but its estimated distance suggests that
it is not itself a cluster member.

The sharp image
also reveals many background galaxies,
some visible right through NGC 1350.




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