The spiral is the last throes of a dead star. More great photos here.
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And in that picture there’s at least another 30 obvious galaxies in the background. I love pictures like that.
Nice find; I, too, love astronomy photos — the universe is truly amazing!
Another source for good photos is Astronomy Picture of the Day: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/
The “spiral” isn’t really a spiral, though our brains may want to interpret it so. It’s a series of concentric spherical surfaces formed by successive blow-offs from the dying star. Many of the galaxies in the picture are true spirals, though.
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