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Messier 81 HST



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English: The spiral galaxy Messier 81 is tilted at an oblique angle on to our line of sight, giving a "birds-eye view" of the spiral structure. The galaxy is similar to our Milky Way, but our favorable view provides a better picture of the typical architecture of spiral galaxies. Though the galaxy is 11.6 million light-years away, NASA Hubble Space Telescope's view is so sharp that it can resolve individual stars, along with open star clusters, globular star clusters, and even glowing regions of fluorescent gas.
Français : La galaxie spirale M81. Cette galaxie est l'une des plus proche de nous (11,6 millions d'années lumière), et elle se présente de biais, d'où son aspect ovale. La structure de cette galaxie ressemble à celle de la voie lactée. Sa relative proximité fait que le télescope spatial Hubble est capable de distinguer en son sein des étoiles individuelles ainsi que des amas ouverts ou globulaires.
Date Data acquired between 2004 and 2006; released 2007-05-28
Author NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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English: The spiral galaxy Messier 81 is tilted at an oblique angle on to our line of sight, giving a “birds-eye view” of the spiral structure. Image from the Hubble Telescope.
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