Season’s Greetings with Flakes (Galaxy M74)

Season’s Greetings with Flakes (Galaxy M74)

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News release ID: STScI-2007-41
Release Date: Dec 3, 2007
Image Use: Copyright
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M74, also called NGC 628, is a stunning example of a "grand-design" spiral galaxy. Its perfectly symmetrical spiral arms emanate from the central nucleus and are dotted with clusters of young blue stars and glowing pink regions of ionized hydrogen.

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NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)–ESA/Hubble Collaboration;
Acknowledgment: R. Chandar (University of Toledo) and J. Miller (University of Michigan)