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Wallpaper: Heart of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

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Heart of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)
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This image of the center of the Whirlpool Galaxy shows visible light from starlight, and light from the emission of hydrogen. Bright star clusters, highlighted in red, shed light emitted by hydrogen atoms. Intricate "dust spurs" branch out around the main spiral arms.

Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Acknowledgment: N. Scoville (Caltech) and T. Rector (NOAO)

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