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December 10 2012

Hubble Zooms in on Unusual NGC 922

An international team of astronomers using the Wide Field Camera 3 and the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 aboard NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken the most detailed image so far of the spiral galaxy NGC 922.

The barred spiral galaxy NGC 922 is located in the southern constellation of Fornax at a distance of about 150 million light years.

The new Hubble picture reveals that the NGC 922’s spiral arms are disrupted, a stream of stars extends out towards the top of the image, and a bright ring of nebulae encircles the core. The galaxy’s current unusual form is a result of a cosmic bullseye some 330 million years ago.

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