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January 9, 2014 10:15 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-04

Hubble Views Stellar Genesis in the Southern Pinwheel

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Video: Hubble Views Stellar Genesis in the Southern Pinwheel (Pan and Zoom)

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Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope focused on the barred spiral galaxy M83, also known as the Southern Pinwheel, located 15 million light-years away. By assembling a number of Hubble images, scientists have made a mosaic of the iconic galaxy. This image shows billions of stars at various stages of life spread across 50,000 light-years.

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

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