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January 28, 2009 12:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-06

Hubble's Next Discovery, You Decide


Image: Spiral Galaxy NGC 5172

Spiral Galaxy NGC 5172

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NGC 5172 is a spiral galaxy containing more than a 100 billion stars, along with vast clouds of gas and dust. Within a thin disk, the spiral arms exhibit a pinwheel structure. Along the spiral arms, dark dust clouds collapse to create star-forming regions, leading to bright clusters of new stars. Spiral galaxies can be both colorful and majestic.

Object Name: NGC 5172

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), STScI/AURA, and Palomar/Caltech, and UKSTU/AAO


The above image is part of a montage:

Montage Image: Candidate Objects for 'Hubble's Next Discovery -- You Decide' Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration Candidate Objects for 'Hubble's Next Discovery -- You Decide'PRC2009-06b Star-Forming Region NGC 6334 Image Type: Astronomical Star-Forming Region NGC 6334 Planetary Nebula NGC 6072 Image Type: Astronomical Planetary Nebula NGC 6072 Planetary Nebula NGC 40 Image Type: Astronomical Planetary Nebula NGC 40 Edge-on Galaxy NGC 4289 Image Type: Astronomical Edge-on Galaxy NGC 4289 Interacting Galaxies Arp 274 Image Type: Astronomical Interacting Galaxies Arp 274

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