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November 5, 2009 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-29

Hubble Image Showcases Star Birth in M83, the Southern Pinwheel


Video: Hubble WFC3 Spiral Galaxy M83 Zoom Animation (Narrated)

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The magnificent spiral galaxy M83 lies 15 million light-years away in the southern sky. Peering into one of the galaxy's spiral arms, the Hubble Space Telescope's new Wide Field Camera 3 is giving astronomers a detailed new look at the firestorm of star birth taking place in the galaxy. Stars are born in huge reddish nebulae and emerge as brilliant blue star clusters.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon and M. Estacion (STScI)

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