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Whirlpool Galaxy

Photo: Classic spiral of the Whirlpool galaxy
This enlarged portrait of the Whirlpool galaxy resembles an aerial view of a hurricane. The image, displayed at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., for the 15th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope launch, shows the classic features of a spiral galaxy: curving outer arms where newborn stars reside and a yellowish central core, home to older stars.
Photograph courtesy NASA/Renee Bouchard

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