Picture of the Day: Hubble Captures Nearby Spiral Galaxy

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The above Messier 74 galaxy is located about 32 million light years away, in the direction of the Pisces constellation. It is estimated to contain about 100 billion stars, slightly less than our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Instruments measuring the galaxy from Earth have a nearly face-on perspective, making images that capture its spiraling arms possible, such as this one.

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Image: NASA.

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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

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