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This is the galaxy NGC 7049. It is located in the constellation Indus and is about 100-million light-years from Earth.

 

This is probably one of the most dynamically lit galaxies I know about. This fascinating effect is achieved, in part, by NGC 7049’s ropey dust lanes. Spanning 150,000 light years, this monstrosity displays features seen in both elliptical and spiral galaxies. In addition, very few globular clusters have been observed within NGC 7049’s structure.

 

In case you noticed the bright star in the dust lane (above the galactic nucleus), that star is local to the Milky Way and just happens to be aligned as to line up with NGC 7049.


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