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Picture of the Day - A Galaxy Playing Twister

Published by Matt on Thu Oct 7, 2010 1:23 pm via: Hubble ESA
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The Hubble telescope has captured an image of an unusual edge-on galaxy, revealing remarkable details of its warped dusty disk and showing how colliding galaxies spawn the formation of new generations of stars. The dust and spiral arms of normal spiral galaxies, like our own Milky Way, appear flat when viewed edge-on.

A Galaxy Playing Twister. Credit: NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)

A Galaxy Playing Twister. Credit: NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)

This Hubble Heritage image of ESO 510-G13 shows a galaxy that, by contrast, has an unusual twisted disk structure, first seen in ground-based photographs.

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