| NGC 253 is a nearby galaxy at a distance of approximately 8 million
light years away. The galaxy is some 60,000 light years in diameter- and
its full disk extends beyond the field of view shown here. However, at
this resolution (click on image) you can make out many features of this
galaxy including: clumpy and dark clouds of gas, bright blue and white
star clouds, and pink HII (clouds of molecular hydrogen) regions which are
tremendous stellar nurseries . Also note the small
galaxy just "above" the disk at the top right of the image.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
Minimum credit line: Doug Matthews/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
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