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NGC 253 Galaxy Detail

Looking a Galaxy in the Eye

The telescope technique of adaptive optics is rapidly advancing, allowing unprecedented ground-based views of distant galaxies. Astronomers with the European Southern Observatory recently used adaptive optics to spot details in the core of NGC 253, one of the brightest and dustiest spiral galaxies in the sky.

Tags: adaptive optics, dust, galaxy, spiral galaxy, star formation


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