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NGC 6744
Imaged by Martin S. Ferlito copyright
Gstar-EX Integrating Video Camera

NGC 6744 - This large Spiral galaxy is very similar to our own Milky Way galaxy. The galaxy's disk is about 175,000 light-years across, which is larger than the Milky Way's disk, making NGC 6744 kind of like the Milky Way's big brother. It has an elongated, or barred, core and distinct spiral arms. The spiral arms of the disk are the sites of star formation within the galaxy and are very dusty. Dust and star formation go together hand-in-hand. Dust in star-forming regions is relatively warm (temperatures of hundreds of Kelvins) NGC 6744 is about 30-million light years away in the constellation Pavo.

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