Hubble Sees a «Mess of Stars» — Bursts of pink and red, dark lanes of mottled cosmic dust, and a bright scattering of stars — this Hubble Space Telescope image shows part of a messy barred spiral galaxy known as NGC 428. It lies approximately 48 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Cetus (The Sea Monster). Overall NGC 428’s spiral structure appears to be quite distorted and warped, thought to be a result of a collision between two galaxies.
Image credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA and S. Smartt (Queen’s University Belfast)
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