Spiral Galaxy NGC 5172

Spiral Galaxy NGC 5172

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News release ID: STScI-2009-06
Release Date: Jan 28, 2009
Image Use: Copyright
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NGC 5172 is a spiral galaxy containing more than a 100 billion stars, along with vast clouds of gas and dust. Within a thin disk, the spiral arms exhibit a pinwheel structure. Along the spiral arms, dark dust clouds collapse to create star-forming regions, leading to bright clusters of new stars. Spiral galaxies can be both colorful and majestic.

Galaxies, Hubble Telescope, Observations, Spiral Galaxies


Credit: Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), STScI/AURA, and Palomar/Caltech, and UKSTU/AAO