<p>Pink pockets of star formation glow like roses in a briar patch in a new <a href="http://hubblesite.org/">Hubble Space Telescope</a> picture of the elliptical galaxy Centaurus A.</p> <p>Released Thursday, the image shows dark tendrils of dust weaving through the galactic disk. Hubble's view combines ultraviolet through near-infrared wavelengths to show how the dense lanes are dotted with young, blue star clusters normally hidden by dust.</p>

Galaxy's Dark Tendrils

Pink pockets of star formation glow like roses in a briar patch in a new Hubble Space Telescope picture of the elliptical galaxy Centaurus A.

Released Thursday, the image shows dark tendrils of dust weaving through the galactic disk. Hubble's view combines ultraviolet through near-infrared wavelengths to show how the dense lanes are dotted with young, blue star clusters normally hidden by dust.

Image courtesy NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

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