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#927830 - 05/14/18 07:06 PM Re: Galaxy or Star Cluster? [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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It's a galaxy. It's M31, our neighbor the Andromeda Galaxy. The picture is a mosaic of over seven thousand exposures made by the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA says it contains over 100 million stars. If you click on the image to enlarge it, you can scroll around it to see a lot more, though you won't be able to count 100 million stars.

Credits: NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton, B.F. Williams, and L.C. Johnson (University of Washington), the PHAT team, and R. Gendler


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#927972 - Yesterday at 09:34 PM Re: Galaxy or Star Cluster? [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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Here we have a spiral galaxy seemingly disguised as a wizard's wand. However we are seeing NGC 1032 edge-on, so we can't see the spiral arms.The galaxy is located a hundred million light years away in the constellation Cetus (the Sea Monster). If you look closely, you can see a number of other galaxies in the background.

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