Spiral Galaxy NGC 7793 - stock photo
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Spiral Galaxy NGC 7793

A spiral galaxy in the constellation of Sculptor some 13 million light-years away from Earth. NGC 7793 is one of the brightest galaxies in the Sculptor group, and one of the closest groups of galaxies to the Local Group - the group of galaxies containing our galaxy, the Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds. The image shows NGC 7793's spiral arms and small central bulge. The occasional burst of bright pink can be seen in the galaxy, highlighting stellar nurseries containing newly-forming baby stars. Astronomers have discovered a powerful microquasar within NGC 7793 - a system containing a black hole actively feeding on material from a companion star. While many full-sized quasars are known at the cores of other galaxies, it is unusual to find a quasar in a galaxy's disc rather than at its center. Micro-quasars are almost like scale models - they allow astronomers to study quasars in detail.

Science Source / ESA/Hubble & NASA

4654 x 4500 pixels

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16 x 15 inches / 39 x 38 cm

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