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Spiral galaxy M66, optical image

Spiral galaxy M66, optical image

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Caption

Spiral galaxy M66 (NGC 3627), optical image. This galaxy is around 96 thousand light years across, and is about 36 million light years from Earth, in the constellation of Leo. This image shows the dust lanes (dark) and star clusters (blue) along its spiral arms, surrounding the central nucleus (yellow). Its classification is SAB, which is intermediate between a barred and non-barred spiral galaxy. This image was obtained in 2001 by the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

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