||A color image of this galaxy transforms it from an otherwise mottled
oval cloud into the complex workings of a spiral galaxy. Its spiral structure
is hidden from view- and without a typical bulge in its center, astronomers
classify this as spiral galaxy with difficulty. However, the most obvious
details are the bright regions of star formation including clouds of
young blue (hot) stars and pink emission nebulae all interlaced with
obscuring clouds of gas and dust. The light that this image records is
estimated to be 40 million years old.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
Minimum credit line: George and Betsy Crossley/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
Yon Ough/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF (bottom image)
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