NGC 1483


ngc-1483-smallNGC 1483 us a barred spiral galaxy a bit over 60 million light-years away.  Barred spiral galaxies are so named because of the prominent bar-shaped structures found in their center. Roughly two-thirds of all spiral galaxies, including the Milky Way, are barred. It’s been suggested that bars may be a common stage in the formation of spiral galaxies and may indicate that a galaxy has reached full maturity.

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NGC 299


The Toucan and the clusterNGC 299 is an open star cluster located within the Small Magellanic Cloud about 200,000 light-years away. Open clusters are groups of stars  of which formed from the same massive cloud of gas and dust and are loosely held together by gravity. All the stars have roughly the same age and composition, but they vary in their mass because they formed at different positions within the cloud.

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