Unearthly mystery

 10 Jan 2014 - 6:21

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This new Hubble Space Telescope image released yesterday shows bright stars and thick dust that make up spiral galaxy Messier 83, otherwise known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy. One of the largest and closest barred spirals to the Earth, the galaxy is dramatic and mysterious; it has hosted a large number of supernova explosions, and appears to have a double nucleus lurking at its core.