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  1. Breathtaking New Image Of Galaxy M106 Is Incredible, May Teach Us a Thing or Two About Black Holes

    This new image of galaxy Messier 106 (M106), a spiral galaxy about 20 million light years from our own, is a mosaic assembling images from the Hubble space Telescope's image archives and the libraries of amateur stargazers to produce a startlingly beautiful image that reveals some brand new information about the galaxy -- for example, that this spiral galaxy has four arms, rather than the customary two.

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  2. Space Telescopes Work Together to Find Largest Known Spiral Galaxy

    NASA and the European Southern Observatory have put their heads -- and their space telescope data -- together to produce this image of NGC 6872, the largest known spiral galaxy in the universe. The gargantuan galaxy measures more than half-a-million light years from end to end -- more than five times larger than our own Milky Way.

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