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Hooked on a Starburst Galaxy | Space Wallpaper

Light and Dust in Nearby Starburst Galaxy space wallpaper
This beautiful space wallpaper reveals a small, sparkling hook in the dark sky known as J082354.96+280621.6, or J082354.96 for short. It is a starburst galaxy, so named because of the incredibly (and unusually) high rate of star formation occurring within (Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Hayes)

This beautiful space wallpaper reveals a small, sparkling hook in the dark sky known as J082354.96+280621.6, or J082354.96 for short. It is a starburst galaxy, so named because of the incredibly (and unusually) high rate of star formation occurring within it. This image was released April 1, 2013.

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