A careful look at
this colorful cosmic snapshot reveals a surprising number of
galaxies both near and far toward the constellation
The most striking is
the warped spiral galaxy near picture center.
NGC 3718's spiral arms look
twisted and extended,
mottled with young blue star clusters.
Drawn out dust lanes obscure its yellowish central regions.
A mere 150 thousand light-years to the right
is another large spiral galaxy, NGC 3729.
The two are likely
accounting for the peculiar
appearance of NGC 3718.
While this galaxy pair lies about 52 million light-years away,
Hickson Group 56 can also be
seen clustered above NGC 3718, near the top of the frame.
consists of five
interacting galaxies and lies over 400 million light-years away.
This picture was chosen as the overall winner in the 2013
(Heaven's Mirror Observatory)