Spiral galaxy M83

Spiral galaxy M83

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Credit: EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Spiral galaxy M83, Very Large Telescope (VLT) image. M83, or the Southern Pinwheel galaxy, is similar in shape to our own Milky Way galaxy, but about half the size. Bright pink starbirth regions are seen in its spiral arms, which are blue due to the high number of hot young blue stars in them. M83 is 15 million light years from Earth in the constellation Hydra.

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Keywords: arms, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, galactic, galaxy, hii region, hydra, m83, messier object, ngc 5236, nucleus, regions, southern pinwheel, space, spiral galaxy, starbirth region, universe, very large telescope, vlt

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