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Nucleus of Galaxy NGC 7252
NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the core of the peculiar galaxy NGC 7252 reveals a striking "mini-spiral" disk of gas and stars, and about 40 exceptionally bright and young globular star clusters. The visible light image was taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera in PC mode on October 10, 1992. The false-color has been subject to computer image reconstruction. The strong spiral structure is 10,000 light-years across (7 arc seconds); the entire picture is 46,000 light-years across. The clusters are 60 light-years in diameter (0.04 arc seconds) and are the same size as globular clusters that orbit our Milky Way galaxy.

Credit: B. Whitmore (STScI) and NASA Co-investigators: F. Schweitzer (CIW), Claus Leitherer, Kirk Borne, and Carmelle Robert (STScI).

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