Pinwheel Galaxy (NASA, Chandra, Hubble, Spitzer, 05/24/12) by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, via Flickr

Pinwheel Galaxy (NASA, Chandra, Hubble, Spitzer, 05/24/12) by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, via Flickr

This spectacular spiral galaxy is known to astronomers as Messier 83. Colloquially, it is also called the Southern Pinwheel due to its similarity to the more northerly Pinwheel galaxy Messier 101. NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope shows us, in spectacular detail, the infrared structure of what many think of as our own Milky Way galaxys smaller cousin.

This spectacular spiral galaxy is known to astronomers as Messier 83. Colloquially, it is also called the Southern Pinwheel due to its similarity to the more northerly Pinwheel galaxy Messier 101. NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope shows us, in spectacular detail, the infrared structure of what many think of as our own Milky Way galaxys smaller cousin.

This new Hubble image reveals the gigantic Pinwheel galaxy, one of the best known examples of "grand design spirals", and its supergiant star-forming regions in unprecedented detail. The image is the largest and most detailed photo of a spiral galaxy ever taken with Hubble.

This new Hubble image reveals the gigantic Pinwheel galaxy, one of the best known examples of "grand design spirals", and its supergiant star-forming regions in unprecedented detail. The image is the largest and most detailed photo of a spiral galaxy ever taken with Hubble.

Digitized Sky Survey 2 image of the Pinwheel Galaxy (ground-based image)

Digitized Sky Survey 2 image of the Pinwheel Galaxy (ground-based image)

This fantastic image of the Pinwheel Galaxy was obtained using the Wide Field Camera on the Isaac Newton Telescope. It´s a three-colour composite made from data collected through the filters Sloan g´, r´+Hα and i´. Credit: R. Barrena and D. López (IAC)

This fantastic image of the Pinwheel Galaxy was obtained using the Wide Field Camera on the Isaac Newton Telescope. It´s a three-colour composite made from data collected through the filters Sloan g´, r´+Hα and i´. Credit: R. Barrena and D. López (IAC)

An image released by NASA in April shows baby stars taking shape in the Southern Pinwheel galaxy.    Embryonic stars were found to be growing in the galaxy's spindly arms (shown in red), rather than in its bright heart.    Scientists at the time described the find as "absolutely stunning," because it was believed that such outlying sections of galaxies lacked the necessary materials for star formation.

An image released by NASA in April shows baby stars taking shape in the Southern Pinwheel galaxy. Embryonic stars were found to be growing in the galaxy's spindly arms (shown in red), rather than in its bright heart. Scientists at the time described the find as "absolutely stunning," because it was believed that such outlying sections of galaxies lacked the necessary materials for star formation.

This spectacular spiral galaxy is known to astronomers as Messier 83. Colloquially, it is also called  the Southern Pinwheel due to its similarity to the more northerly Pinwheel galaxy Messier 101. NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope shows us, in spectacular detail, the infrared structure of what many think of as our own Milky Way galaxys smaller cousin.

This spectacular spiral galaxy is known to astronomers as Messier 83. Colloquially, it is also called the Southern Pinwheel due to its similarity to the more northerly Pinwheel galaxy Messier 101. NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope shows us, in spectacular detail, the infrared structure of what many think of as our own Milky Way galaxys smaller cousin.

This new Hubble image shows the spiral galaxy Messier 83, otherwise known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy. This galaxy is dramatic and mysterious; it has hosted a large number of supernova explosions, and is thought to have a double nucleus lurking at its core. http://spacetelescope.org/news/heic1403/ AND http://infinity-imagined.tumblr.com/post/73545042127/spiral-galaxy-m83

This new Hubble image shows the spiral galaxy Messier 83, otherwise known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy. This galaxy is dramatic and mysterious; it has hosted a large number of supernova explosions, and is thought to have a double nucleus lurking at its core. http://spacetelescope.org/news/heic1403/ AND http://infinity-imagined.tumblr.com/post/73545042127/spiral-galaxy-m83

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