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February 7, 2006 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-07

Hubble Snaps Images of a Pinwheel-Shaped Galaxy

A Hubble Heritage Release

February 7, 2006: This dramatic spiral galaxy is one of the latest viewed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Stunning details of the face-on spiral galaxy, cataloged as NGC 1309, are captured in this color image. NGC 1309 was home to supernova SN 2002fk, whose light reached Earth in September 2002. NGC 1309 resides 100 million light-years (30 Megaparsecs) from Earth. It is one of about 200 galaxies that make up the Eridanus group of galaxies.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team, (STScI/AURA) and A. Riess (STScI)