On the left, you see an image of the spiral galaxy NGC 253, taken with a ground-based telescope. The galaxy is located about 8 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor.
On the right is the NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the core of NGC 253 revealing violent star formation within a region 1,000 light-years across.
Credit for ground-based image: Jay Gallagher (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Alan Watson (Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ), and NASA
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