NGC 3982 is located about 68 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. The galaxy spans about 30,000 light-years,making it about one-third of the size of our Milky Way galaxy. The spiral arms of NGC 3982 are lined with pink star-forming regions of glowing hydrogen, newborn blue star clusters, and obscuring dust lanes that will provide the raw material for future generations of stars. The bright nucleus contains an older population of stars which are ever more densely packed toward the center.
Image Credit: NASA