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First Light: NGC 6070

NGC 6070

The large bright galaxy, called NGC 6070, lies in the constellation of Serpens. It is receding from the Earth with a velocity of about 2000 kilometers per second and is at a distance of over 100 million light years. The blue light in the galaxy comes from recently formed hot stars; the yellowish light comes from cooler, older stars. Several other galaxies are also visible. The point-like images are stars in our own Milky Way Galaxy.
Image credit: SDSS Collaboration
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