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Uneven Structure

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA and the LEGUS Team; Acknowledgement: R. Gendler
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015: Messier 96 is a spiral galaxy that lies a bit over 35 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo (The Lion). The galaxy…Read More »

has a mass and size similar to the Milky Way. Messier 96 possesses a very asymmetric shape, with its dust and gas spread unevenly throughout its weak spiral arms, and a core that does not sit exactly at the galactic center. Its arms also show asymmetry, and they may have been pulled by the gravitational pull of other galaxies within the same group as Messier 96.

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