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Striking view of 'Milky Way twin'

BBC News 06/02/2011 22:47
The image "could almost be a picture postcard of our own Milky Way", said the ESO

The image "could almost be a picture postcard of our own Milky Way", said the ESO


Astronomers have released what they say is the best-yet picture of NGC 6744, a spiral galaxy described as a "sibling" of our own Milky Way.



Striking view of 'Milky Way twin' - Milky Way - Science - Space

The image was snapped by the European Southern Observatory's MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope in Chile.

The galaxy lies 30 million light-years away, in the constellation Pavo.

While it is almost twice as large as the Milky Way, it exhibits the same sharply-defined spiral arms and stretched central region.


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