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Circinus Galaxy

Circinus Galaxy
The Circinus Galaxy is a spiral active galaxy that lies only 15 million light-years away, in the constellation Circinus, but went unnoticed until 1975 because it lies just 4° from the plane of the Milky Way and is thus heavily obscured. It is the scene of tumultuous gas motions, most of them concentrated in two rings. One, about 700 light-years from the center, appears to be undergoing tremendous bursts of star formation. An inner ring, only 130 light years from the center, almost certainly encircles a massive black hole. The photo shown here was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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