Dust Lanes, Star Clusters, Distorted Arms and Displaced Core

This is how we describe the spiral galaxy M66 below.

Image credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)

M66 is one of the members of the Leo Triplet, which includes M65 and NGC3628. The distorted shape of the galaxy is most likely the result of the gravitational pull of its neighbours.

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~ by thChieh on April 12, 2010.

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