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Monday, August 29, 2005



NASA's Birthday Treat


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(Editor's Note: Belated by 72 hours.)

(New Scientist Space) NASA is celebrating the Spitzer Space Telescope's second birthday with an image of a one-armed spiral galaxy glowing with the light of newborn stars.

Galaxy NGC 4725 lies about 41 million light years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. Unlike most spiral galaxies, it sports just a single arm that wraps around it in a flourish.

This galaxy, although small is breath-taking in the false color photo which highlights the dust clouds that permeate the edge of this galaxy. This photo is definitely better than Red Nova's or NASA's, although the latter is also a worthy view as well. Galaxy photo below.


NGC 4725 is peculiar for having just one spiral arm - most spiral galaxies, including the Milky Way, have two or more. In this false-colour image, red represents warm dust clouds illuminated by newborn stars, while blue indicates older, cooler stellar populations (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Kennicutt/SINGS)

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