Hubble Snaps Heavyweight of the Leo Triplet

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    Image Release April 8, 2010

    Hubble has snapped a spectacular view of M 66, the largest "player" of the Leo Triplet, and a galaxy with an unusual anatomy: it displays asymmetric spiral arms and an apparently displaced core. The peculiar anatomy is most likely caused by the gravitational pull of the other two members of the trio.

    The unusual spiral galaxy, Messier 66, is located at a distance of about 35 million light-years in the constellation of Leo. Together with Messier 65 and NGC 3628, Messier 66 is the member of the Leo Triplet, a trio of interacting spiral galaxies, part of the larger Messier 66 group. Messier 66 wins in size over its fellow triplets — it is about 100 000 light-years across.

    This is a composite of images obtained through the following filters: 814W (near infrared), 555W (green) and H-alpha (showing the glowing of the hydrogen gas). They have been combined so to represent the real colours of the galaxy.

    Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin and Robert Gendler

    To learn more about this image go to: www.spacetelescope.org/images/html/heic1006a.html

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe.

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    1. leo88monroe 10 months ago | reply

      And yet we still can't find peace even though were in this beautiful spiral

    2. setiai36 9 months ago | reply

      amazing and so beautifull

    3. akinkadri 9 months ago | reply

      God created the heavens and the earths and observed them beautiful!

    4. 9995155 5 months ago | reply

      hi friends

    5. kwps03 5 months ago | reply

      very nice

    6. jastusowenda 3 months ago | reply

      Big up to our scientists who have been working tiredsomely inorder to give out a clear picture on how our universe look like!

    7. FormerlyKnownAsGlam 3 months ago | reply

      I like the video, our universe is so fascinating

    8. Celestia Oficial 3 months ago | reply

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      Obrigado! (Thanks!)

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    10. estefanirosarioh 5 weeks ago | reply

      Ahyy Ahyy Ahyy Ahyy

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