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November 1, 2001 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2001-37

Hubble Reveals Ultraviolet Galactic Ring

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Video: Galaxy NGC 6782 Animation

Running Time: 7 seconds

This spiral galaxy, when seen in visible light, exhibits tightly wound spiral arms that give it a pinwheel shape similar to that of many other spirals. However, when the galaxy is viewed in ultraviolet light with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, its shape is startlingly different. At ultraviolet wavelengths, which are rendered as blue in the Hubble image, NGC 6782 shows a spectacular, nearly circular bright ring surrounding its nucleus. The ring marks the presence of many recently formed hot stars.

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