Messier 66 Close Up
spiral galaxy Messier 66
lies a mere
35 million light-years away.
The gorgeous island universe is
about 100 thousand light-years across, similar in size to the Milky Way.
close-up view spans a region about 30,000
light-years wide around the galactic core.
It shows the galaxy's disk dramatically inclined to our line-of-sight.
Surrounding its bright core, the likely home of a supermassive black hole,
obscuring dust lanes and young, blue star clusters sweep
along spiral arms
dotted with the tell-tale glow of pinksh star forming regions.
Messier 66, also known as NGC 3627, is the brightest of the three
galaxies in the gravitationaly interacting
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Publications with keywords: spiral galaxy
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