"Her hand fell out of mine, and the light of her eyes faded, I held on to her rocking back and forth sobbing like never before. Her face, at peace. Eventually James Monroe and Leonard Greer came to pull me away" -A.
Large spiral galaxy NGC 1232 is located 20º south of the celestial equator, in the constellation Eridanus (The River). The distance is about 100 million light-years and the edge of the field shown corresponds to about 200,000 light-years, or about twice the size of the Milky Way galaxy. The colours of the different regions are well visible: the central areas contain older stars of reddish colour, while the spiral arms are populated by young, blue stars and many star-forming regions.
Space...The Milky Way. The Milky Way is the spiral galaxy where our solar system lives. It is 100,000 light years in diameter and 1000 light years thick at the center of the galactic disk. There are 200-400 billion stars in the Milky Way. Our Sun is 26,400 light years from the galactical center. On a dark night, we can see a faint hazy whitish band of starlight spanning the sky. That band is the Milky Way galaxy.