Spiral galaxy M81, UV image

Spiral galaxy M81, UV image

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Caption: Spiral galaxy M81. Ultraviolet (UV) image of the face-on spiral galaxy M81 (NGC 3031). This galaxy is around 12 million light years away in the Ursa Major constellation. The spiral arms are clearly seen, along with a bright nucleus (centre). The galaxy is around 22,000 light years across. This image was obtained by the Optical Monitor on the XMM-Newton satellite.

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Keywords: arm, arms, astronomy, cosmology, face-on, galactic, galaxy, m81, ngc 3031, nucleus, optical monitor, science, space, spiral, star, stars, telescope, ultraviolet, universe, ursa major, uv, xmm-newton satellite

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