Hubble’s Galaxies

M51 Galaxy & Companion Galaxy : Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
News Source: Semiologic.

This is a photo from the Hubble Telescope‘s recent 15th Anniversary Series.

From Hubble’s description of the photo :

The graceful, winding arms of the majestic spiral galaxy M51 (NGC 5194) appear like a grand spiral staircase sweeping through space. They are actually long lanes of stars and gas laced with dust.

Beautiful.

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