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Distant spiral galaxy may reveal clues about Milky Way

A beautiful spiral galaxy 60 million light-years from Earth could help astronomers better understand our own Milky Way because of a trademark central bar-like structure.Full story

Galactic jewel shines in its setting

Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: The Hubble Space Telescope captures a face-on view of a swirling spiral galaxy, set amid the Coma Cluster.

Cosmic Log: Two faces of a grand galaxy

Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: Two telescopes reveal two dramatically different views of a grand spiral galaxy — a fiery pinwheel in visible light, a delicate swirl in the infrared.

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Giant cannibal galaxy caught in mid-gobble

Giant cannibal galaxy's last meal

Cosmic Log: X marks the galactic spot


  Starbirth in a swirling galaxy

Zoom in on a stunning view of the spiral galaxy M83 from the Hubble Space Telescope’s new wide-field camera.

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TOPSHOTS This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image taken during Servicing Mission 4 in May and obtained November 11, 2009 shows a detailed view of star birth in the spiral galaxy M83. The image reveals in unprecedented detail the current rapid rate of star birth in this famous "grand design" spiral ga

Centaurus A
Centaurus A

epa01944198 A handout picture avalilable on 24 November 2009 and released by the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere shows the giant cannibal galaxy Centaurus A eating a smaller spiral galaxy. The image was obtained with the 3.58-metre New Technology Telescope

Galaxy NGC 4710
Galaxy NGC 4710

An ethereal "X" or boxlike structure marks the chaotic center of the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 4710.

Starbirth in M83
Starbirth in M83

The Hubble Space Telescope's new camera captures a detailed view of starbirth in the spiral galaxy M83.