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Galaxy NGC 253


Image of spiral galaxy NGC 253 taken with the National Science Foundation’s Blanco 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. NGC 253 is the brightest member of the Sculptor group of galaxies, which is grouped around the south galactic pole. NGC 253 is considered a starburst galaxy, where stars form and explode at an unusually high rate. NGC253 is one of the brightest galaxies beyond the Local Group; it is also referred to as the Sculptor Galaxy. Credit: T.A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, T. Abbott and NOAO/AURA/NSF

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