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Why is this galaxy so discombobulated?
Usually, galaxies this
result from a recent collision with a neighboring galaxy.
NGC 1313, however, appears to be alone.
Brightly lit with new and blue massive stars, star formation appears so rampant in
that it has been labeled a
Strange features of
include that its spiral arms are lopsided and its
rotational axis is not at the center of the nuclear bar.
NGC 1313 spans about 50,000
and lies only about 15 million light years away toward the
of galaxies like NGC 1313 might shed some light on its unusual nature.
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