|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
arms are traced by bright blue
star clusters and dark cosmic dust lanes.
The above image covers half the width of the full Moon and was obtained using 19 hours of exposure on the 1.23-meter telescope at
Calar Alto Observatory in the
Sierra de Los Filabres mountain range in Spain.
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.
Descubre Foundation, Calar Alto Observatory, OAUV, DSA, V. Peris (OAUV), J. L. Lamadrid (CEFCA), J. Harvey (SSRO), S. Mazlin (SSRO), I. Rodriguez (PTeam), O. L. (PTeam), J. Conejero (PixInsight).