This image of the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 300 was taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer in a single orbit exposure of 27 minutes on October 10, 2003.
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Galaxy NGC 300

This image of the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 300 was taken by Galaxy Evolution Explorer in a single orbit exposure of 27 minutes on October 10, 2003. NGC 300 lies 7 million light years from our Milky Way galaxy and is one of a group of galaxies in the constellation Sculptor. NGC 300 is often used as a prototype of a spiral galaxy because in optical images it displays flowing spiral arms and a bright central region of older (and thus redder) stars. The Galaxy Evolution Explorer image taken in ultraviolet light shows us that NGC 300 is an efficient star-forming galaxy. The bright blue regions in the Galaxy Evolution Explorer image reveal new stars forming all the way into the nucleus of NGC 300.

Image details

ID#:
PIA04924

Date added:
2003-12-10

Mission:
Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)

Spacecraft:
GALEX Orbiter

Instruments:
GALEX Telescope

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PIA04924.tif (6.13 MB)

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PIA04924.jpg (0.44 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL/California Institute of Technology