Spiral galaxy NGC 6503 is in a lonely position, at the edge of a strangely empty patch of space called the Local Void. The Local Void is a stretch of space at least 150 million light-years across that seems completely empty of stars or galaxies. Dark dust lanes snake across the galaxy's bright arms and center, giving it a mottled appearance. Bright red patches of gas can be seen scattered through the galaxy's swirling arms, mixed with bright blue regions that contain newly forming stars.
ABOUT PRINTSHOP IMAGES:
Each Printshop image has been adapted specifically for high-quality printing. Select the size of image you want to download. Then you can print the file from your own computer, or have an online photolab or photo store print it for you.
Some online photolabs or photo stores may ask whether this image is copyrighted, since they are not allowed to print copyrighted material. You can point them to our Copyright page. These Printshop images have no copyright restrictions.