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The Whale Galaxy !


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The Whale Galaxy 

Swimming into view from 25million light years away, the Whale Galaxy.

  Nasa scientists have released this stunning picture of the aptly titled Whale Galaxy. They were amazed by the galaxy's likeness to the mammal. Its colours stretching across the inky blackness of outer space this curiously shaped galaxy has been sighted 25 million light years away.

Its technical name from Nasa researchers is NGC 463 but others have likened it to the Cosmic Herring or The Whale Galaxy.

In this gorgeous colour image, the galaxy's yellowish core, dark dust clouds, bright blue star clusters, and red star forming regions glow brightly. It is also known to have spouted a halo of hot gas at one point.

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