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Hubble Spies Cosmic Dust Bunnies

Release date: Mar 31, 2005 9:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

Like dust bunnies that lurk in corners and under beds, surprisingly complex loops and blobs of cosmic dust lie hidden in the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1316. This image made from data obtained with the NASA Hubble Space Telescope reveals the dust lanes and star clusters of this giant galaxy that give evidence that it was formed from a past merger of two gas-rich galaxies.