Hubble Looks at Pair of  Galaxies

Star-Forming Spiral

NASA has released

 a colorful image snapped by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the galaxy pair Arp 303.

Arp 303 lies in

 the constellation of Sextans, approximately 275 million light-years away.

The pair was

discovered on March 21, 1893 by the French astronomer Stéphane Javelle.

It consists of the

barred spiral galaxy IC 563 (bottom right) and the spiral galaxy IC 564 (top left).

Otherwise known as

ECO 5809, LEDA 28032 and IRAS 09437+0317, IC 563 is about 70,000 light-years across.

Its neighbor,

IC 564 has a diameter of 135,000 light-years.

Fireball 10x Brighter Than  Mississippi

The Moon Streaks Over