| This face-on spiral galaxy is often called the Southern Pinwheel.
It has two major arms (and a third fainter one) which present the
countanance of this barred spiral. This galaxy is the birthplace of
massive stars. In the past 80 years there are been 4 observations of
these large stars blowing up (supernovae). This is 10 times the expected
rate of such events- and to this day a topic of current research and
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
Minimum credit line: Allan Cook/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
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