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Galaxies, Stars and Nebulae series: Flip flops featuring a NASA Hubble Space Telescope picture of the nearby barred spiral galaxy. It shows details in the galaxy's star-forming clouds and dark bands of interstellar dust.
One of the most striking features is the dust lanes that extend away from the nucleus and follow the inner edges of the galaxy's spiral arms. Clusters of hot young blue stars form along the spiral arms and ionize surrounding clouds of hydrogen gas that glow red. Delicate curtains of dust partially obscure and redden the light of the stars behind them by scattering blue light.
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image code: bsgsst
Image credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team
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