Hubble's 32nd Anniversary: An Eclectic Galaxy Grouping

  • Released Tuesday, April 19, 2022

NASA is celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 32nd birthday with a stunning look at five galaxies, a close-knit collection called the Hickson Compact Group 40.

This amazing assembly includes a giant elliptical galaxy, glowing with blended light from billions of stars. Several spiral galaxies show prominent dusty lanes that outline their winding spiral arms, regions where star formation is active. We see one galaxy oriented edge-on, showing off its prominent dust along its flattened starry disk.

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Music & Sound
“Fractions Through Time” byOlivia Broadfield [PRS] via Abbey Road Masters [PRS], and Universal Production Music.

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This page was originally published on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 11:44 AM EDT.


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