Spiral galaxy NGC 6503

Spiral galaxy NGC 6503

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News release ID: STScI-2015-23
Release Date: Jun 10, 2015
Image Use: Copyright
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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.

Active Galaxies/Quasars, Galaxies, Hubble Heritage, Observations, Spiral Galaxies


NASA, ESA, D. Calzetti (University of Massachusetts), H. Ford (Johns Hopkins University), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration