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Chandra Captures Galaxy Sparkling in X-rays

The Whirlpool Galaxy is a spiral galaxy with spectacular arms of stars and dust. - Chandra Captures Galaxy Sparkling in X-rays

HubbleSite - NewsCenter - The Two-faced Whirlpool Galaxy (01/13/2011) - Release Images

The Sunflower Galaxy (also known as Messier 63, M63, or NGC 5055) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici consisting of a central disc surrounded by many short spiral arm segments. The Sunflower Galaxy is part of the M51 Group, a group of galaxies that also includes the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51).

NGC 2170 | Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona

Dwarf Galaxy Caught Ramming Into a Large Spiral Galaxy (NASA, Chandra, 08/14/13) By NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

M33, one of our closest galactic neighbors, is about 2.9 million light-years away in the constellation Triangulum, part of what's known as our Local Group of galaxies. - Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

AM 0644-741 : Collisional Ring Galaxy - An intruder galaxy, out of frame, passed directly through the center of this once-spiral galaxy, now about 300 million light-years away in the constellation Volans. A ripple-effect caused a shock wave to cause clouds of dust and gas to collapse and condense gravitationally, setting off rampant star formation as seen in the 150,000 light-years across blue ring of stars and star clusters - NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScl)