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Spiral galaxy NGC 1365, HAWK-I image

Spiral galaxy NGC 1365, HAWK-I image

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P. GROSBOL / EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY P. GROSBOL / EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Spiral galaxy NGC 1365, infrared image. This barred spiral galaxy is part of the Fornax cluster of galaxies, and lies about 60 million light years from Earth in the constellation of Fornax. It is around 200,000 light years across, and contains hundreds of billions of stars. It is thought to very similar in size and appearance to our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Viewed in the infrared, detail normally obscured by dust in the spiral arms (upper right and lower left) can be seen. This image was obtained with the HAWK-I (High Acuity Wide field K-band Imager)infrared camera on ESO's Very Large Telescope, at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

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