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A Telescopic Treasure
NGC 135 in the constellation Sculptor offers a stunning example of a spiral galaxy. (Image credit: Copyright CHART32 Team, Processing: Volker Wendel )

Around 60 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor, a jaw-dropping specimen of a spiral galaxy floats in space. With a severe pitch to the right, NGC 134, and the smaller NGC 131, has all the classic characteristics of the Milky Way — a glowing center, clumpy dust lanes and swirling spiral arms. NGC 134, which is larger than our galaxy, shows evidence of gravitational encounters with other galaxies. [Learn more about galaxies.]

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