Spiral galaxy M66, infrared image

Spiral galaxy M66, infrared image

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Credit: JPL-CALTECH/R. KENNICUTT (UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA)/SINGS TEAM /NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Spiral galaxy M66, infrared image. Blue areas are mature stars, while red areas are regions of active star formation. It is thought the distorted shape of this galaxy is due to gravitational interactions with two neighbouring galaxies M65 and NGC3627. M66 is located 30 million light years from Earth, near the constellation Leo. Image taken by the Infrared Array Camera on the Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Keywords: arms, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, barred, galactic, infrared, infrared array camera, m66, messier 66, ngc 3627, space, spiral galaxy, spitzer space telescope, star, star birth, star formation, stellar formation, stellar nursery

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