The Pinwheel Galaxy Credit: NASA, ESA - European Space Agency and Hubble Space Telescope

The Pinwheel Galaxy Credit: NASA, ESA - European Space Agency and Hubble Space Telescope

Image of the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101, July 17, 2012:  Located in the constellation of Ursa Major, 21 million light-years from Earth, the Pinwheel Galaxy is roughly 70 percent larger than our own Milky Way galaxy and has a diameter of about 170,000 light-years.    This image of the Pinwheel Galaxy, or M101, combines data in the infrared, visible, ultraviolet and X-rays from four of NASA’s space telescopes. The view shows that both young and old stars are evenly distributed along M101′s…

Image of the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101, July 17, 2012: Located in the constellation of Ursa Major, 21 million light-years from Earth, the Pinwheel Galaxy is roughly 70 percent larger than our own Milky Way galaxy and has a diameter of about 170,000 light-years. This image of the Pinwheel Galaxy, or M101, combines data in the infrared, visible, ultraviolet and X-rays from four of NASA’s space telescopes. The view shows that both young and old stars are evenly distributed along M101′s…

This spectacular spiral galaxy is known to astronomers as Messier 83. Colloquially, it is also called the Southern Pinwheel due to its similarity to the more northerly Pinwheel galaxy Messier 101. NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope shows us, in spectacular detail, the infrared structure of what many think of as our own Milky Way galaxys smaller cousin.

This spectacular spiral galaxy is known to astronomers as Messier 83. Colloquially, it is also called the Southern Pinwheel due to its similarity to the more northerly Pinwheel galaxy Messier 101. NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope shows us, in spectacular detail, the infrared structure of what many think of as our own Milky Way galaxys smaller cousin.

This new Hubble image reveals the gigantic Pinwheel galaxy, one of the best known examples of "grand design spirals", and its supergiant star-forming regions in unprecedented detail. The image is the largest and most detailed photo of a spiral galaxy ever taken with Hubble.

This new Hubble image reveals the gigantic Pinwheel galaxy, one of the best known examples of "grand design spirals", and its supergiant star-forming regions in unprecedented detail. The image is the largest and most detailed photo of a spiral galaxy ever taken with Hubble.

This spectacular spiral galaxy is known to astronomers as Messier 83. Colloquially, it is also called  the Southern Pinwheel due to its similarity to the more northerly Pinwheel galaxy Messier 101. NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope shows us, in spectacular detail, the infrared structure of what many think of as our own Milky Way galaxys smaller cousin.

This spectacular spiral galaxy is known to astronomers as Messier 83. Colloquially, it is also called the Southern Pinwheel due to its similarity to the more northerly Pinwheel galaxy Messier 101. NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope shows us, in spectacular detail, the infrared structure of what many think of as our own Milky Way galaxys smaller cousin.

This fantastic image of the Pinwheel Galaxy was obtained using the Wide Field Camera on the Isaac Newton Telescope. It´s a three-colour composite made from data collected through the filters Sloan g´, r´+Hα and i´. Credit: R. Barrena and D. López (IAC)

This fantastic image of the Pinwheel Galaxy was obtained using the Wide Field Camera on the Isaac Newton Telescope. It´s a three-colour composite made from data collected through the filters Sloan g´, r´+Hα and i´. Credit: R. Barrena and D. López (IAC)

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