<p>With its high-powered lenses, the <a class="c3" href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.html">Hubble Space Telescope</a> captured this image of the spiral <a class="c3" href="http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/universe/galaxies-article/">galaxy</a> Messier 77, a large group of stars 45 million light-years from Earth. The colors of the spiral in this image released March 28 reveal that new stars were formed in the red and blue areas. The overall glow indicates that the entire system is rich with ionized gas.</p>

Swirling Galaxy

With its high-powered lenses, the Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of the spiral galaxy Messier 77, a large group of stars 45 million light-years from Earth. The colors of the spiral in this image released March 28 reveal that new stars were formed in the red and blue areas. The overall glow indicates that the entire system is rich with ionized gas.

Image courtesy A. van der Hoeven and ESA/NASA

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