If not perfect, then this
galaxy is at least one of the most photogenic.
An island universe of about 100 billion stars,
32 million light-years away toward the
a gorgeous face-on view.
an Sc galaxy,
the grand design of M74's graceful spiral
arms are traced by bright blue
star clusters and dark cosmic dust lanes.
image data recorded in 2003 and 2005,
this sharp composite is from the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced
Camera for Surveys.
Spanning about 30,000 light-years across the
face of M74, it includes exposures recording emission from
the reddish glow of the galaxy's large star-forming regions.
Recently, many astronomers are tracking a
that has been seen in M74.
ESA, and the
ESA / Hubble Collaboration
Acknowledgment: R. Chandar
(Univ. Toledo) and J. Miller (Univ. Michigan)