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PGC-6240 Galaxy

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The beautiful, petal-like shells of galaxy PGC 6240 are captured in intricate detail by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, as seen in this stunning space wallpaper. PGC 6240 is an elliptical galaxy in the southern constellation of Hydrus (The Water Snake). It is orbited by a number of globular clusters that contain both young and old stars — thought to be a result of a galactic merger in the recent past. This image was released Oct. 10, 2013.

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

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