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Gallery: 65 All-Time Great Galaxy Hits

Giant Cannibal Galaxy's Last Meal

ESO/Y. Beletsky

This image of the central parts of Centaurus A reveals the parallelogram-shaped remains of a smaller galaxy that was gulped down about 200 to 700 million years ago. The image is based on data collected with the SOFI instrument on ESO’s New Technology Telescope at La Silla.

Mystery Behind Galaxy Shapes Solved

ESO

ESO's Wide Field Imager has captured the intricate swirls of the spiral galaxy Messier 83, a smaller look-alike of our own Milky Way. Shining with the light of billions of stars and the ruby red glow of hydrogen gas, it is a beautiful example of a barred spiral galaxy, whose shape has led to it being nicknamed the Southern Pinwheel.

Gorgeous Hubble Photo Shows Stretched-Out Galaxy

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration.

An image of the stretched-out Messier 66 galaxy, as seen through three filters on the Hubble Space Telescope.

Mysterious New Object Discovered in Space

NASA/JPL/Caltech

This image of the galaxy M82 was taken by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Scientists now think the galaxy is home to an oddity known as a micro-quasar.

Hidden Galaxy Photographed by Peeping Space Telescope

NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

A leggy cosmic creature, actually the "hiding galaxy" IC 342, comes out of hiding in this new infrared view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. Full Story.

Hot Stars Found Hidden in Galaxy's Dusty Embrace

ESO

This infrared image of the nearby galaxy Messier 83 was taken by ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

Galaxy's 'Superbubble' Spawns Star-Forming Frenzy

Gemini Observatory

The starburst galaxy NGC 1313, as imaged by the Gemini South 8-meter telescope in Chile using narrow-band filters in the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph. NGC 1313 has a well-defined bar with twisted, asymmetric spiral arms. While pronounced star formation appears along the outer reaches of both arms, it’s much stronger to the northeast (left on the new Gemini image). Other regions of star formation are nearby, especially to the southwest (right). Full Story.

Cosmic Hit-and-Run Gives Galaxy Starry Tail

NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer found a tail behind a galaxy called IC 3418. The star-studded tail can be seen as detected by the space telescope in ultraviolet light. The tail has escaped detection in visible light. Full Story.

Super Bright Star Outshines Galaxy In Cosmic Photo

ESA/Hubble & NASA [Full Story]

The galaxy PGC 39058 is located about 14 million light-years away from Earth, and contains millions of stars – many of them not unlike the bright star that appears in the foreground. This striking Hubble image shows that the nearby star easily outshines the more distant PGC 39058 galaxy.

Distant Spiral Galaxy May Reveal Clues About Our Milky Way

ESO/P. Grosbøl [Full Story

This striking new image, taken with the powerful HAWK-I infrared camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope at Paranal Observatory in Chile, shows NGC 1365. This beautiful barred spiral galaxy is part of the Fornax cluster of galaxies, and lies about 60 million light-years from Earth.

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