|This delicate spiral galaxy is located 49 million light years away. Astronomers who recently studied this galaxy determined that the central bar of the galaxy is a relatively young feature (by galactic standards) at around 1/2 billion years old. Through time galaxies change in their structure and shape. This galaxy might evenutally look something like NGC 1300. These astronomers also analyzed 77 HII (gas clouds, pink in this picture) regions in this galaxy.|
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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